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Thread: From One End of Life to the Other - Portraits Coming Through

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    From One End of Life to the Other - Portraits Coming Through

    I'm polishing up my portrait skills in the hope of getting some commissions. Here are some: one of my step daughter's nine month old son, and the other of a dear older lady friend on her ninetieth birthday. Both were difficult. The child was so smooth and perfect, and every line needed to be true to my style, which is a bit rough, but not detract from that perfection. My lovely friend was deeply lined, and I needed to 'mute' enough of those lines so they didn't overpower her inner beauty. I hope I succeeded.

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    Yes ROBBIE all look good as is norm of your work can you do the same in trad ?? as digital painting is still at a low ebb ok but still show more ok CIAO SLAINTE

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    I don't know about trad Eighty, as I haven't tried, but have been on the cusp of doing so for years. I used to do them pretty successfully in charcoal years ago.

    I'm feeling a bit stubborn, and trying to force people to embrace digital locally, as that's what I really love doing. It's so clean and convenient, and someone's got to blaze a trail!

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    Good paintings congratulations
    Visit my website here

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    wow Robyn your talent never ceases to amaze me!.. these are really exceptional, I look at all types of art and have seen some very good portraits, ones that reveal the personality of the subject but still are done with creativity
    and a unique style, yours is right up there.. both of these.... very very nice work!.. hope they generate some commissions for you!.

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    Looks great!!! . I think your muting of the lines was very successful in the portrait of your older friend. They still read, but do not overpower the face. Wonderful achievement.

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    Thank you so much everyone, Mr Akey and I had an out of forum chat about the background, etc, on Ailsa, so here is the new and improved version. I was lazy about the background and it certainly didn't do her justice. What do you think?

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    And today's offering is .......

    Lots of careful work went into getting this one right. A mere shadow in the wrong place and the whole thing goes skewiff!

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    very nice work, and yes the new background with the slight halo effect is more traditional for portraits for good reasons, a nice improvement. it helps focus attention on her face. The childs face is very good, there is a slight wobble in his cheek to the left of his mouth and seems a little off to my eye.. as I can't draw worth beans you should ask D Akey for his take.

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    Just a rough edge? Kids' faces have lots of plump sections. I'll fiddle some more.

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