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Miss Cazane - Detail by wandklex Miss Cazane - Detail by wandklex
Portrait from photograph - Detail
painting in water colour on Hahnemühle Britannia 300g rough paper
When I saw this painting I felt like given you some constructive critism. 1. Because you have huge potential, and 2. because I think I have some tips that can help you to improve. If I look at your overall composition it is spot on. You choice of colors is amazingly picked as well. I can tell you are great at picking them. Your weak side is so far your technique. It is funny actually because I can tell you are able to see light against darkness with her eyes. They feel so alive and beautiful. Her hat is 3-dimensional as well. But her face, lips and hair seems flat. Like I said it is a little funny, since you are able to to play with the light with the eyes, and with the hat. I can see you have tried to do it a little tiny bit with her face, neck and lips, but truth be told no woman has so flawless and flat a face. I hope you understand what I am saying. So if I was you I would start to study more faces, and really just focus on the face. Notice a human always seems darker between her eye and her eyebrown. Notice the line we have from the corner of our lips to the corner of each side of the nose. Notice the shadows in your ears, and the shape. If I was you I would start taking a pencil and just sketch all the shadowed areas in a humans face in general. Just to give you a better idea where you should make it darker to really being able to make her face 3-dimensional as well. I don´t know what medium you are using, or yes I am aware it is water colors, but are you using a pencil? That is my guess. I would suggest you to use a inking pen. In that way you can make really refine lines with your watercolors. But like I said it is only a suggestion since you really have been very detailed when you made her eyelashes. I am impressed by that fact. When you make hair I will suggest you to play difference nuance of colors against each other. Because I can tell you have only used one brown color, and then thinned it with water to see more light. It doesn´t work here. It look a little bit like it is rushed, which I am sure it is not. I would try to make a new lighter nuance of brown and add it in a new layer to really make it pop. But that is up to you :) This was my critique to you :) I hope you can use it ^^
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Submitted on
December 8, 2012
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Shutter Speed
1/47 second
Focal Length
4 mm
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Date Taken
Dec 8, 2012 12:10:27 AM +00:00
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