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    struggle with painting

    Does anyone every struggle with making their painting look right? For instance I doing painting of my son and his dog. Problem with the hand and fingers looking right. Do I just need to stop and take a break? I done several paintings with people and surprised myself with the results. Included is ref and painting. Name:  caleb and bit.jpg
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    Of course. Everybody struggles to one degree or other. That's the fun.

    I think in your case as shown in the second pic your approach may be what's fighting you. Might be in your interest to either keep a photo on a layer that you toggle on and off to keep you in the ballpark, or you might want to focus on working with structure. If you know structure, you know why you're putting a mark down and what form you're creating. If you're just trying to follow highlights you could see tones and not know why they are doing what they're doing, so unless you're following it exactly there's no real sense to what's happening.

    It's a little like trying to memorize a long string of random numbers vs a song lyric. You might be able to remember the numbers with extreme difficulty, but lyrics have a lot of things that keep you on track where one thing clearly leads to the next and the next and prompts you step by step. And once you have the sense of something you can then get all artsy with it while still holding on to the sense of it.

    But yeah, of course. Painting is challenging, and when it isn't it's sort of boring because one is not growing. And the hardest thing to paint is someone you love or know in great depth. But in your case I would say look for the planes of the form, get the big picture right and then start breaking it down. It kind of looks like you're starting with the details first which presents challenges.
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    I think I need to go back to the portrait tutorial of Dali and block everything in then do the detail . Just simplify my palate instead making it look like the pic.

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    You could just consider it Impressionistic.....

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    If you want to have an easier time painting something, learning to draw it may be very beneficial. Pay attention to perspective, volume, structure while drawing.

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    Your subject or reference is also a big factor. If the lighting does not provide ample shadowed and lit areas which convey the form (for example a washed out subject) it will be very difficult to make a pleasing representation with paint... the result will still lack what is lacking in the reference. Poor references are the most challenging to deal with, so if you are still learning and you're having a rough time, try to focus on quality subjects and quality references. imho

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