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Thread: First Portrait

  1. #1
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    First Portrait

    I've see some stunning art here and that has inspired me to paint my first portrait. I tend to over work things to death, but I love playing in AR and it's hard not to keep fiddling.
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    Pretty amazing for your first portrait. I'd be delighted if I could do one that well on my 50th attempt.
    Well done.
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    Wonderful for first try, great job on her hair, wish my first looked that good

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    Amazing first portrait...beautifully done!

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    very good but try not to get sucked in by airbrush, still wondering PC or Mac????

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    This is a beautiful piece. Being one of those addicted to AB, I am with you.
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    "Beauty Draws those who Draw Beauty" - Skylar

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    Terrific first portrait, love the eyes. Well done
    Sometimes...I remember better with my eyes closed

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    Kaveman, I think you painted a beautiful portrait of a beautiful woman. I really enjoyed the treatment that you gave to the hair and background. Great effect.

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    Very well painted, captured all needed pleasant lines. Well done indeed, keep more coming.

  10. #10
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    Thank you for your kind comments, I feel very encouraged. At the moment all I can see are the areas I don't like, LOL.

    Some of the lessons I learnt:

    Make the Canvas bigger, many times I just couldn't get the Tools to work as I wanted at <5% size.

    Layers are your friend.

    A little dark colour goes a long way. It's easier to darken a section than lighten.

    Stop messing with it when it's near enough. Let the paint lie where it falls more.

    The amount of Thinner makes a big difference to how workable the paint is.

    Knife, Blur seems to add more Thinner.

    This was almost entirely done with Oil Brush to lay in the colour, then Knifed to death.

    At times all I could think of was Mark Knopfler's Let it all go, and "I'd kill to get crimson on this palette knife"

    There was just a touch of Air Brush for the light highlights on the cheeks as I just couldn't get the brush and knife tools small and soft enough.

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