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Gita

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on: December 17, 2016, 01:45:24 PM
I think I am inspired by a number of members painting children's portraits. This is my first child's portrait. I chose Gouache since the colours are more intensive than WC. Not happy with the eyes, also not sure about adding a background.....I am doing this again with CP hoping to get the likeliness better...
Would love to hear your comments.


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Reply #1 on: December 17, 2016, 02:22:54 PM
 :smitten: Your nephew is a beautiful child, Gita. I think your likeness of him is very close. The eyes and mouth are off in the slightest way. I admire that you got it this close. I look forward to seeing him done in CP. I want to try a pencil drawing of my grand daughters soon. I'm really unsure of doing someone I know because if one feature is skewed it won't look like the person.
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Reply #2 on: December 17, 2016, 02:56:46 PM
Oh, Gita, your nephew is so precious.

I agree with Kathy that the nose does not seem quite right.

Great job on the shirt fabric.

aloha

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Reply #3 on: December 17, 2016, 04:24:42 PM
Oh! Gita, what a cute little boy.  You have done a good job on him but I agree with what Kathy and Mea have said. Just a little tweaking and you will get it right. 


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Reply #4 on: December 18, 2016, 07:01:25 AM
 :thankyou: for your critical opionion Kathy, Patricia, Mea.  :D.
I tried correcting the eyes and nose a bit since this is possible with Gouache. The result looks better.
Do you think so, too?  Thanks again for commenting. :smitten:

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Reply #5 on: December 18, 2016, 08:38:32 AM
 O0 Yes, Gita. That is much better. Those little tweaks make all the difference. I also like the background you added. The colors enhance his skin tone.  :clap:y
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Reply #6 on: December 18, 2016, 09:27:24 AM
Your nephew is so precious  :smitten: .   Your tweeks have made all the difference his eyes have come to life  :clap:
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Reply #7 on: December 18, 2016, 10:27:33 AM
Oh, yes, Gita.  You have now captured that precious child.

Good for you!

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Reply #8 on: December 18, 2016, 12:41:44 PM
 :thankyou: Patricia, Mea. My hands were itching still to optimise. Rounded the egg shaped head, made the face less chubbier by increasing the shadows to the right. The paper is only 125 lbs, have to get the buckles out... before framing.  :smiley6600:

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Reply #9 on: December 18, 2016, 01:22:59 PM
 :clap: :clap: :clap:  Gita, it is so much better.  Great job.  Frame it.


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Reply #10 on: December 18, 2016, 03:29:26 PM
Gita, he is beautiful and all the corrections are great improvements.  I have a quick suggestion for you for portraits that I learned.  Draw vertical plumb lines on each side of features on your photo and then look with a siting stick at your painting to see if the same parts of the face intersect.  For example draw lines at each corner of the mouth, nose and both eyes and look at what crosses the line over the whole face, it really helps.  You can also draw plumb lines down the widest sides of the face and look at negative shapes.  Lynn


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Reply #11 on: December 18, 2016, 03:52:47 PM
 :thankyou: Patricia, he looks a lot better, I agree. The mother is thrilled... I sent her the last version.
 :thankyou: Lynn for your expertise opinion. I don't think I understood completely what exactly to do, but I shall try to implement your suggestion.  :smitten:
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Reply #12 on: December 18, 2016, 04:16:51 PM
 O0 O0
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Reply #13 on: December 20, 2016, 12:34:09 PM
Gita, I'm not very good at explaining!!! :D  I am visual so here is a better way of saying it.  I hope you understand that I think your portrait is wonderful and I am NO expert.  Am learning myself.  Just wanted to share what I am being taught in life drawing which has been oh so helpful.  Here is a handout from our teacher at the academy.  She suggests using plumb lines on your picture (if painting from a photo) or on your model if from life.  If I am using a pic, I draw them on the picture and then use a sighting stick on my painting (I use a wooden knitting needle) to see if the parts of face and body intersect the plumb lines exactly where they do on the photo.  You can see that the lines are drawn on each side of the features. The more the better. The manubrium that is on the handout is the black dot (that little hollowed out place on your neck).




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Reply #14 on: December 20, 2016, 02:35:21 PM
Thank you so much Lynn for writing all those details! This explanation with this photograph is very easy to grasp about how to do this.  O0
BTW, the figures which  you post are superbly done.
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