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Thread: My painting of Indian Larry - bike builder

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    My painting of Indian Larry - bike builder

    I like it as my first effort in portraits. The next one will be better i'm sure. It was fun, but difficult to do.

    I used a reference photograph by Timothy White

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    You "knifed" him pretty well. Good skin texture... Yeah, got the same trouble with hair/fur, but mostly because i loose part of patience by the time a got there :-)
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    very nice work Victor, I like the steely - aluminum background it adds a gritty element that matches the face... a very impressive effort..

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    Really not bad at all for a starter. You got a good likeness I imagine. It's certainly plausible even though I don't know what this fellow looks like. I think perhaps the only thing for the next one would be to clarify the form/details a little. It's all pretty much there, but I think there's something appealing as an artist about showing mastery over the materials and this softness suggests a little uncertainty -- totally appropriate for a first go, but you went way farther than most do on a fledgling venture and deserve very high marks. This is actually very good and feels like you know where everything belongs, something it normally takes a while for folks to grok. And just that much being right will take you a long long way because the technique will sort itself out as you become more deliberate.

    Bravo, Victor!
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    I certainly appreciate the encouragement! I wonder how long it will be before I can develop a "style" of my own? It's all experimental at this point. And it's all fun at this point. And I love it. Thanks guys.

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    Very full of feeling on this fellow. His side is a little dark (could be my monitor though...)

    I like his eyes, they speak volumes and those are important structures. Windows to the soul and that... Patience is a learned trait and one that I still have problems with. I get too excited and want to keep going. I keep a lot of my images on my walls around the house to remind me of what my impatience does to me. When I sign a painting it's technically finished and I won't go back over it again. I might start another copy, but that first one is officially finished. It shows me progress.

    I didn't realize this was a first time portrait until I re-read your comments. This is quite a good start and when you figure out how to develop your own style let me know. I've been searching for mind for nearly 25 years. I find it changes as life changes around me.

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    MagenSparks, I can appreciate your what you wrote.

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    A very impressive portrait. I love the expression in the eyes.

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    Great portrait, well done. Love the eyes
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