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Sophdraws19 02-15-2016 03:33 PM

opinions on a wip?
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Hi, I'm currently working on a portrait of an old woman for an art competition (Texaco's children art, you might have heard of it:P). Not too sure about the skin texture, it looks a bit scaly to me but idk so I'm asking for opinions here. Thanks!:biggrin: (I've included the ref pic for comparison).

Susan Mulno 02-15-2016 06:28 PM

So far, so good, it is difficult to know how accurate it is with so little done. But looking phenomenal at this point.

leighann 02-15-2016 06:29 PM

I'm no expert for sure. It looks like you have almost nailed it, but maybe it should be blended more, or a little softer? I can't quite put my finger on the exact issue.

Hopefully someone with more experience can help you fine tune :laugh:

TerryCurley 02-15-2016 11:07 PM

I think this will be a phenomenal drawing. Yes I do think there is something about the skin texture that just seems a little off, it looks to me more like it's burnt than just old. I don't know much about drawing honestly but my intuition says just a teeny tiny smoothing would help it.

Oh and welcome to the forum.

PMMurphy 02-20-2016 05:14 AM

Looks fantastic so far, can't wait for it to be fleshed out alittle more.

Mel_Robertson 02-25-2016 06:11 PM

If it were me don't focus so much on detailing every inch of it, if you can make the middle - index fingers and headscarf blurred bringing focus to the face because for what I've seen you don't lack the skill to replicate, but replicate is what you don't want to do...
good luck in the comp!

ChiKevin 02-26-2016 03:44 AM

Well here I go again. I think it's all the years of teaching that make me critical, but helpful I hope. So here's my take on it; first of all, obviously GREAT work. My one bit of advice though is the same thing I used to tell an old student of mine that loved to work in pen and ink. If you first shade the areas out in bigger sections so the shape and depth, of the head in this case, and all the features are in, in your case with a finer point or lighter touch to keep it soft, and then add all the details later, you will find yourself not having such issues as you are experiencing. The skin of that women is as old and crackly as you made it. However, since you created that surface texture on a white piece of paper it is messing with your overall vision. Pick a small section of the face, and on another piece of paper try this out, shade and shape the object first, nose cheek, whatever, then add the hairs and skin cracks, etc. I hope this works for you. Marsha Levine, who is still in the pen and ink art business 20 years later, my student, entered a competition after mastering this technique and I promise you she walked away with first prize. She gave me the artwork with the ribbon on it afterwards. I wish such luck for you. Great work so far.

ChiKevin 02-26-2016 03:53 AM

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Marsha did a portrait of me in pen and ink so I painted one of her in return.

ChiKevin 02-26-2016 03:58 AM

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So I can't figure out how to start a thread and share a picture but I can answer a thread with one? I wanted to be able to show a wedding portrait I was commissioned to do and here I can? That's weird.

ChiKevin 02-26-2016 04:01 AM

Sorry to step on your toes here Soph. I thought I finally had this figured out and was sending that last post to Terry. But all the same now I guess, that's a couple of my pieces. You may notice the first one was done in 1987. The wedding portrait is new.

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