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Sherri

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on: July 04, 2014, 04:09:56 PM
I am trying to draw a portrait of my 82 year old mother.  I am enclosing the picture I am drawing from and the drawing.  I am not sure how to put her glasses on her.  We didn't cover it in our class.  Any suggestions?  Also, I have something wrong - I think one thing is her mouth.  Help would be greatly appreciated.

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Reply #1 on: July 04, 2014, 05:55:27 PM
Hi Sherri, you are off to a great start. With drawing portraits, I usually find it helpful to change the picture to black and white so it is easier to see the tonal changes and it would also make it easier to see how to draw the glasses. The main thing I see with the mouth is  the teeth are slanting at a bit of an angle I suspect that might be the tiny bit that just makes it look not just right. I hope that is helpful. I love what you did with the necklace and the skin is great.  :clap: :clap: :clap:


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Reply #2 on: July 04, 2014, 07:33:59 PM
Two things about the mouth...slanted teeth and appear too long...need more gumline. The lower lip is way too dark. Notice in the photo that the lips are very different in value. Also the upper lip seems too wide and does not show the lovely curve I see in the photo.

Great likeness! Stay with it!  O0
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Reply #3 on: July 04, 2014, 11:42:19 PM
Dear Sherri;

Great start and a lovely likeness of your Mother.

As for her Wrinkles:

I suspect the prominent ones under the eyes are reflections
from her glasses.  The ones on the right side of the cheek seem to be
from the glasses shaft that go over the ear or maybe it's the windows
throwing the shadows. I am not sure  :confused:

Just my thought/guesses    :painting:






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Reply #4 on: July 05, 2014, 02:27:24 AM
Sherri,

You've done well in your attempt to capture your mother.  I agree with the suggestions that others have given - it will be a great painting.

aloha

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Reply #5 on: July 05, 2014, 07:18:09 AM
Thanks Mea, May Lynn, Zilpo and Fencepost for your suggestions.  Back to the drawing board.  Hopefully, I can improve it!!

Sherri
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Reply #6 on: July 05, 2014, 02:06:38 PM
Here is an updated version to the Portrait of my Mom!!  This is much better but still  needs some work.  Advice please.

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Reply #7 on: July 05, 2014, 02:14:26 PM
Looks pretty good so far,  may I suggest that you thin out the upper left side of her lip ( our left) it is to wide for the other side. 
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Reply #8 on: July 05, 2014, 03:13:33 PM
 :clap: :clap: :clap: a huge improvement. Well done on getting the teeth right.


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Reply #9 on: July 05, 2014, 03:56:49 PM
Hi Sherri, your portrait is coming along wonderfully, I can see that her glasses lens on my right hand side is a bit mishapen, perhaps you could look at that,  you have done a great job. :clap:


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Reply #10 on: July 05, 2014, 04:58:07 PM
much improved Sherri, you can still increase the contrasts on the sides of her face O0


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Reply #11 on: July 05, 2014, 05:55:09 PM
Thanks Nolan.  I will do that.  I have a tendency to go to dark so was trying to be cautious.  Sherri
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Reply #12 on: July 05, 2014, 06:57:40 PM
You have a nice start to your mom's portrait. I think the right eye is a bit higher than the left, but wait to see if anyone else notices that. Also I would remove some of the wrinkles on the face. Less would be more flattering in a portrait and wouldn't effect the overall appearance. Only suggestions to be considered.
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Reply #13 on: July 06, 2014, 12:02:04 PM
I increased the contrast on the side of the face.  What a big difference it made!!  I am going to take a break and call this good for now.  Move on with the next pencil class and then return to portraits.  I don't think that I will ever be a portrait drawer or painter but only time will tell

Thanks to everyone for their help.   :thankyou: :painting: :painting:


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Reply #14 on: July 06, 2014, 01:49:43 PM
Don't sell yourself short, you are doing a great job. You only have to compare your first attempt to your last adjusted drawing to see you are improving already. Next time you do a portrait do it of someone you don't know and you will see that you are not as critical of yourself and therefore more free flowing as you are not under the extra pressure of making your loved one perfect. Have fun with it.


 

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