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Alan Dixon

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on: May 11, 2012, 08:14:06 PM
I finaly got up the nerve to try a portrait. This is a painting of my Granddaughter and I'm surprised that it turned out this well. It is identifiable as my granddaughter and any discrepancies are my daughters fault for not creating my granddaughter according to my painting :2funny:
I would appreciate any comments to improve my style because I have other grandkids who are going to want equal time.


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Reply #1 on: May 12, 2012, 02:46:54 AM
Hi Alan,

What a bright, cheery expression!  I like the structure of her face.  Lots of positives to give you.  I like your style.

My advice to you is that if you are serious about realistic portrait painting, you can get the best teaching from Nolan's Portrait Painting series.  I really enjoyed this and learned a lot.  I'm looking forward to painting another, hopefully my grandson when he gets his uniform.  He's becoming a police officer.

Keep  :painting:  You're doing very well.
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Reply #2 on: May 12, 2012, 04:36:14 AM
Good going, I agree with Lillian, if you want to do portraits like professional do the Portrait course, you will amaze yourself with the result  ;)
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Reply #3 on: May 12, 2012, 08:49:25 AM
Alan, you were very brave to get in there and paint a portrait! The painting is good and, with some advice from Nolan, you should be able to progress very nicely by applying tips, tricks and techniques.
Thanks for sharing your art work with us. ;)  O0
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Reply #4 on: May 13, 2012, 12:24:55 AM
you have more nerve than I do LOL just thinking of painting or drawing a portrait gets my heart pumping, your painting looks great  :clap:


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Reply #5 on: June 14, 2012, 10:43:11 PM
Well done Alan, very good for a first attempt. It is difficult to get a likeness so if you have then it is especially great considering it's your first attempt, my first portrait looked NOTHING like the model  ;D :crazy2:

What I would suggest is to add a suggestion of hair in though, the hair area is lacking contrasts O0


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Reply #6 on: June 16, 2012, 04:09:33 AM
You've got good skin colouring Alan, which is one of the things I found hardest in the portrait course. Your drawing looks good too. If you want advice, as people are mentioning, the portrait course is great. A few points from it: Nolan spent a lot of time on teeth shading and mouth shadows - upper lip is darker, top of teeth are shaded for example, and also told me in one painting the eyes were too intensely blue. He was right, when i made the blue darker it was more natural. You might find yours are too - even for someone with bright blue eyes. We were also told that central highlights happen with photoflash and real ones were positioned differently. Look at the light in her eyes next time you see her. YOU won't put on much mascara but if you do, you notice that eyelashes are in uneven clumps with far fewer on the lower lid and the thickest ones are in the outside top corners.

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Reply #7 on: June 16, 2012, 04:32:37 PM
Nolan; I totally agree with the hair. Everytime I look at it I want to pick up a brush and try to create colour streaks, but I am worried that I will ruin everything. I have tried minor changes in some paintings in the past and made things look worse. You have given me incentive and courage to give it a try.
Karen; I agree with you and I had already darkened the blue in the eyes


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Reply #8 on: July 13, 2012, 12:07:11 PM
Can't believe I'm still catching up!   :run:

Nicely done 'Bud'.  I still have trouble going back in to make repairs...I too have mucked up more than a few that used to be pretty decent drawings/paintings. I tend to just start over...coward that I am!   :eyesclosed:    :2funny:


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Reply #9 on: July 13, 2012, 04:07:06 PM
 Good job Alan. You really must take the portrait painting course. You are ahead already and will learn all the little tips and tricks and apply them to this painting as you learn them.  I give you   :twothumbs: for starting portraits on your own. Keep  :painting:.
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