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Thread: My first portrait - Finished I think!

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    My first portrait - Finished I think!

    Painted with oilbrush - my first try at portrait painting - subject is my 17yr old granddaughter. I outlined a photo and picked the colours from the reference photo. As usual the background presented a problem. I ended up using a decorative paper from the ArtRage collection.

    I'm toying with the idea of printing on canvas so I would appreciate any advice on improving the painting, especially a suitable background. I'm including the orig photo so you can see what I was trying to capture. The original was small so I enlarged it - hence the poor quality.

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    Last edited by Enug; 04-19-2014 at 09:02 PM.

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    Very nice, you can try using some of the colours from the painting blended into the b/g

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    Thank you - I'll try that.

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    Very nice

    A lovely girl. I think even though the edge of her cheek and forehead are blurry in the photograph I would sharpen up the lines in the painting.

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    Well done! I so admire people that do portraiture.

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    Thank you both for your comments - I think I need to work on the eyes also.

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    I've worked on the image a bit more.


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    I think this is a great painting & you've certainly captured your Granddaughter!

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    Thanks so much. The eyes are bothering me. I will practice more on these. Thanks to everyone who made suggestions.

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    You made a perfect reproduction of her features in this portrait. I would just suggest to work more on the background so as not to make the portrait look a little like a sticker on top of it.
    Panta rei (everything flows)!

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