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patindaytona

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on: September 03, 2017, 02:07:19 PM
Going to do a portrait. But the eyes are pretty small in it. I know that's not the best thing to try because of that reason alone. But i have an idea that will at least guide me well. Since i trace out the outlines first each time i do one, i have a photograph i use that i carbonize. After tracing it, i'll just cut out the eye area and tape it directly beneath the actual place where I'll paint them, being that close will keep my eyes on the painting well instead of glancing continually towards my computer screen. Wouldn't hurt to do the same with the rest of the photo also in fact.
The moment you find yourself mostly satisfied with a painting and think you'll "just quickly" do this or that, that's the moment to stop completely. Take the painting off your easel and put it aside for at least 24 hours, then reassess whether it really needs that tweak.


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Reply #1 on: September 03, 2017, 03:13:59 PM
Hi Pat, can you lightly trace the eyes onto the canvas or mark where the eyeballs go?  I haven't ever done a portrait of a human so I will learn from your experience!  :gl2: ~Liz


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Reply #2 on: September 19, 2017, 02:09:19 PM
Hi Liz,
yes, i always trace first. Going to do that tonight or tomorrow. I did it a bit different this time though. I put in a basic skin ton in general area of where I'll trace onto. That way, i already have a skin foundation, and will adjust it with lighter and darker values.  If i just traced over a white canvas at the start, it is hard to paint in the areas and trhying to avoid where the traced lines are.
The moment you find yourself mostly satisfied with a painting and think you'll "just quickly" do this or that, that's the moment to stop completely. Take the painting off your easel and put it aside for at least 24 hours, then reassess whether it really needs that tweak.


 

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