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Portrait from a beginner - third attempt

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Portrait from a beginner - third attempt

Postby keiko3728 » Sun Sep 06, 2009 3:06 pm

This is my third finished portrait. Once again it is of my husband and is done in pastel. It is also my largest drawing so far at 50 x 70 cms. Any comments, good or bad, would be appreciated.
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Postby mfboyd » Sun Sep 06, 2009 8:22 pm

from looking at your first portrait, it seems that you have a consistency about the facial features, though I have no idea what he looks like. My only suggestions would be that his hands seem small, that is, out of proportion. Also the line of his shoulder/back seems awkward. but again, nice likeness and good color.
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Postby keiko3728 » Mon Sep 07, 2009 5:19 pm

Hello mfboyd,
Thanks for your comment. I will keep practicing and try to improve.
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Postby kcortese » Thu Sep 10, 2009 1:33 pm

I think you are very a very talented artist and you've used pastels in the past.

The curved line at the base of his neck? Is this to be the start of a shirt? Is it finished yet?

I think you are doing a wonderful job with portraits, keep going with it.

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Postby krysta11 » Fri Sep 11, 2009 8:27 pm

keiko this portrait is very well done in my opinion.
Brilliant!!!!
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Postby keiko3728 » Mon Sep 14, 2009 4:05 pm

Hi Karen,

Thank you very much for your kind comments. Actually, the drawing was finished when this photo was taken. The drawing was taken from an original photo. The line to which you refer isn't a shirt line it is just how his shoulder appeared in the photo. I should improve with more practice.

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Postby keiko3728 » Mon Sep 14, 2009 4:09 pm

Hi Krysta,
Thank you very much for your encouraging words. I am about to start my next portrait as a friend of mine has asked me to draw her daughter. How exciting!
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Postby kcortese » Mon Sep 14, 2009 5:59 pm

Keep going, your work is amazing.

You have a great deal of talent, and who knows, maybe you'll get a lot of clients who want portraits done. That's a good business to get into.

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Postby BYart » Mon Sep 14, 2009 9:20 pm

You are showing a great deal of talent here and I like this portrait alot!
I think portraits can be challenging, as you aren't just 'painting" the likeness, but capturing the personality/moment, difficult task, but I think you done it!
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Postby keiko3728 » Wed Sep 16, 2009 4:42 pm

Hello again Karen,

Thanks for your reply. Actually, I have had another frined who has asked me to do a portrait for her husband. I just hope that my confidence will build over time!

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Postby keiko3728 » Wed Sep 16, 2009 4:49 pm

Hi Barb,

Great to hear from you again! Yes, I know exactly what you mean about capturing the personality and moment, it certainly is the most difficult part of drawing portraits. I am so pleased that you say I have managed to achieve that. I really appreciate your comments!

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Postby kcortese » Wed Sep 16, 2009 5:32 pm

I'm sure you'll do fine with your next portrait. You have the talent so don't worry.
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Postby oilpainter2247 » Thu Sep 17, 2009 1:15 am

hello keiko , i fined this too be very nicely done , great job on it .have a wonderful night and stay safe .mike
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Postby keiko3728 » Tue Sep 22, 2009 6:11 pm

Hi Karen,
Thank you so much for another lovely comment. I am getting more confident now thanks to all the support I get from the people on this site!
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Postby keiko3728 » Tue Sep 22, 2009 6:19 pm

Hi Mike,
Thanks for your comment and I am glad you like it. I am working on another one now for a friend and I think it is going alright, albeit a bit slow. Still, I enjoy it and that is the main thing!
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