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    The Brother Ferry of My Wife Eve

    In last time I created a brand new "oil" artwork of my relative. I used an ArtRage 5.0 of course. My time for this work: approx. four weeks.
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    Hi Alex,

    Stunning attention to detail. Everyone must be very pleased. 4 weeks is true dedication to one's craft. Well done!

    I must say I'm a little reluctant to criticize such a brilliant work, but since this is the Critique section I assume you would like comments.

    So much is really fantastic. The jacket is especially outstanding. However, this is a portrait and the most important thing is the face. I'm sure it looks very much like him, so that's very good. I would however brighten his eyes a bit. It probably looks exactly like the photo, but they're a bit dull. I would brighten the whites some and the reflections a little. You would have to experiment to know how much is the right amount. But the eyes are a very important feature in portraits. Photo retouchers are always fixing the exposure of the eyes so that they stand out more and seem more lifelike. And that tells how important that feature is.

    It's easy enough to make a new layer and try coming in with some extra contrast.

    But it really is a wonderful painting.
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    a low-spirited eyes

    Quote Originally Posted by D Akey View Post
    Hi Alex,

    Stunning attention to detail. Everyone must be very pleased. 4 weeks is true dedication to one's craft. Well done!

    I must say I'm a little reluctant to criticize such a brilliant work, but since this is the Critique section I assume you would like comments.

    So much is really fantastic. The jacket is especially outstanding. However, this is a portrait and the most important thing is the face. I'm sure it looks very much like him, so that's very good. I would however brighten his eyes a bit. It probably looks exactly like the photo, but they're a bit dull. I would brighten the whites some and the reflections a little. You would have to experiment to know how much is the right amount. But the eyes are a very important feature in portraits. Photo retouchers are always fixing the exposure of the eyes so that they stand out more and seem more lifelike. And that tells how important that feature is.

    It's easy enough to make a new layer and try coming in with some extra contrast.

    But it really is a wonderful painting.
    Thank you for your very quick (as a quick silver) reply and very pleasantly reply. Of course, you keep a thrue as for the complete portrait. But, concerning the eyes, his eyes are very inexpressive ones. Really. He was 69 years old. The eyes and drinking ;-( . This is matter of fact. Yes, the chamois-leather is as really. And the tie too. I am 75 years old and I like an admire a holland and russia painters (high details) :-) .
    Thank you once more for your remarks.

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