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Postby Harmonygirl » Sat Nov 15, 2008 8:59 pm

I have started this and feeling a little stuck. Afraid of the hair and the skin... she has very dark hair and the image I have doesn't have any definition adn the skin is a beautiful caramel colour and I don't want her to look like she is "dirty", you know... any advice


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Postby BYart » Sat Nov 15, 2008 9:14 pm

Hey girl!
If you are going to be finishing this without color, which is wonderful....try taking the model image and reproducing it in Black & white to use for your model. That way you will see the gray tones needed.
It looks great, BTW!
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Postby starah99 » Sat Nov 15, 2008 9:38 pm

I agree, if you want to aren't going to add color change it to black and white. I don't use color, never have been able to, I always use charcoal and graphite. Changing the picture you are using as reference to black and white really helps with the shading. The drawing is very good, I love portraits.
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Postby Harmonygirl » Sat Nov 15, 2008 9:43 pm

thanks B and Starah.... it is b & W but maybe I need to block some of the shading to help me portion out wher the shading goes on the face.... I have also been contemplating using a
ush and some graphite shavings for the skin tones. i feel that I woudl have more control if I did this.
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Postby BYart » Sat Nov 15, 2008 10:06 pm

Well, you can try it and see! Don't be afraid to try. If nothing else, use tracing paper, then try the
ush/graphite on the traced image and then you will know. Just a thought...
Can't wait to see this finished!
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Postby arlynnhr » Mon Nov 17, 2008 9:03 am

May I suggest photocopying it so you can try different techniques to see which you like best? That way you're sure you're working on exactly the same figure.

Also, you can store these "experiments" with notes on them and keep them as reference for future projects.
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Postby xxbreezy » Mon Nov 17, 2008 9:43 am

Wonderful start!!! Here is a link that has helped me alot doing portraits.
http://www.portrait-artist.org/basics/step-by-step.html
It shows step by step on all areas of doing portraits. Its hard for me to use color also as I never seem to...get it right!! All my portraits are in B&W for that reason. Not that I haven't tried but just can't seem to do it..lol Best of luck!!! Love this one!!
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Postby kcortese » Mon Nov 17, 2008 3:06 pm

All the suggestions here are great, try them.

I have one more to add, for faint shading I used to use my finger to make a smudge. I would run my charchol or graphite over my finger and apply it that way, or you can use your blending stick.

Experiment on a seperate piece of paper for the technique you feel comfortable with. Remember, there's always the neaded (the gray one that looks like clay) eracer to lift off what you don't want. Eracers are wounderfull things, aren't they?
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Postby krysta11 » Mon Nov 17, 2008 7:37 pm

It is beautiful start on the portrait of the baby. You will do it well. I can see fellow artists are helping a lot.
Good luck Shannon!
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