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Portrait of a sad girl

Discussion in 'Works In Progress & Finished Artworks!' started by Franc Kaiser, Feb 11, 2020.


  1. Franc Kaiser

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    I wanted to paint a human face again (in this case, my daughter). Right after embarking with this work I remembered all the pain I had with the previous portrait attempts... and I am back in an endless struggle. It’s so hard, and no end in sight. There is something I must approach the wrong way - what exactly it is, I haven’t figured out, but I will find out! I know that I won’t be able to sleep tonight - my brain is working on overdrive thinking about a better way. 9406F56E-977B-444B-AACA-70A54B370277.jpeg
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    Brilliant!:thumbsup:
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    Great start! Try painting it upside down if you think it's not looking right to you?That way you will start painting what you see in the ref.picture not what you think you see?
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    You're on to something with this thought, Basepaint. As the subject is my daughter, the temptation to paint what you know instead paint what you see is very big and probably part or core of my shortcoming when working on this piece.
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    Looks really good to me, soft and emotional!
    What are you finding hard? Painting upside down is always a good way to get the brain out of the way!
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    Thanks Paul. I struggle with getting the greying base tone into a more translucent value. Like in the attached picture from the color on the left (now) to the right (desired). Any hints you could share? Is it impossible to achieve... if so I am game to restart the painting.

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    Part of the problem is that you need to lighten the value, so you need white, then you have to deal with the blue shift, so you need to add a colour to the white to combat that, in this case orange would be me first guess,
    I would never start with a great tone either as you have to make allowances for the value becoming darker with every transparent layer you add to tint it.
    Personally I would either match the colour to start with using white to limit its value, or match it transparently and spray gently! Red violet and burnt umber would be my first two choices to start with
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    Thanks a lot Paul much appreciated. I will try that.
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    I tried to blow some life into her, but she still looks more like a bloodless zombie than my daughter. Just can’t get a skin color that doesn’t look too pale or too orange. I basically glazed the cheeks with several alternating layers (some white spots, then some red / violet, then some white, etc.). Now working on the hair. I may treat this painting as a big practice board and start a new one soon, let’s see. 06531110-2D84-451C-B346-813E59721AD2.jpeg
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    Short update. My wife told me that she sometimes wonders what’s going on in my head. I do too, to be honest. However it corresponds with what I want to express...yet the the execution of the painting still calls for better skills. 8D4F557A-022C-465F-A0A5-85CC0C9EBC2F.jpeg
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    Looks very much like (The Commercial Towing Vehicle) I might add. Nostromo dude.
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    Close. It’s the Sulaco from Aliens. I always liked that first shot when it approached the screen.
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    Wrapping up. Not fully satisfied, but I admit that portraits are difficult. My next one will be a cat again... 733E5BF8-7A74-45FC-9C75-30F9DF069057.jpeg
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