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post #1 of Old 08-03-2011, 01:59 AM Thread Starter
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Let's See How Much Longer This Takes...

I started this thing during the last month of school as a project for my art teacher and her husband. I tried to finish it by the end.. but I didn't.

I abandoned it for a while, then I tried to finish it by the end of that month.. but I didn't.

Now I'm trying to finish it by the end of this week. I've done stupider things, trust me. I know you shouldn't put a time frame on art but sometimes it's necessary, especially on commissions. Anyways, I just thought posting this would help. It's additional motivation and a way to keep track, I guess. Plus I'd love to hear what others have to say. I'm open to advice/criticism.





PS: I apologize if their eye sockets creep anyone out.. I originally left them blank to make sure they were even, and they stayed like that to mess with everyone around me. And I'm sorry for the clutter. I didn't want to spend the 30 seconds it would take to crop it.


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A quick close-up....

This picture (on my screen at least) better matches the painting's colors. Plus it shows more detail.. but still, my digital camera fails to do the painting complete justice. = /


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Very interesting. Lots of detail. Effective back lighting. When its finished, you will be glad you took your time and got it the way you want it. My personal preference is to do the eyes early on, but whatever works for you is what counts. Its looking wonderful! Cant wait to see the finished work.
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I love it! I am the queen of starting-projects-and-not-finishing-them so kudos to you for making an effort to finish one. I hope you'll continue to post your progress and am looking forward to the finish.

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DonH -
Thanks! I'm not rushing myself as much as I'm forcing myself to work... it's one in the same, though. I usually either do the eyes first or very last.. usually because I'm afraid of messing up and becoming discouraged.


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Thank you too! I'm guilty of that too, but fortunately most of my projects don't leave the "elaborate idea" phase. I did something like this before on a different forum, and it's surprising how a little additional support can be motivating enough to push through.





Finished the hands this morning. This one here is a cellphone picture.. it's closer to the actual colors. I'll be sure to keep you guys posted. It gives me something to keep me awake during my breaks.
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Wow, you have an amazing talent for detail!

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Ditto to what PMI said. Ill add that your colors are wonderul!
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You have a rare and special talent. I wish I had an ounce of your gift. Its beautiful.



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Thanks everyone! It's a curse that I'm absolutely grateful for. There are times when I've got a deadline and it would be nice to just move on without having to make it look perfect, but I know I wouldn't be happy with anything else.

And thanks, it took me a while to mix the colors just right. I just wish that it was easier to take a picture of it without losing any of it because of the way the camera is.




Here's the progress as of five minutes ago on the next rock... It's about half way done and shouldn't take much longer.
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That rock's done, and actually, it did take a lot longer than I thought. I needed a sleep break though. Anyways, here's that.




There's still a rock above it that needs done but I'm not quite sure what that one is supposed to look like yet so I'm moving over here:




Dreading this next part, since it's such a big section, but I'll get it done.
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