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01 January 2005, 06:30 PM
Am working to try to improve the realism in my paintings. Need help from some one who specializes in this area of expertise - faces, fur, fabric, etc.
I like classical stuff, painterly, not too photographic looking. But understand the benefit of photos as a tool to achieve realism.
Any advice and or recommendations will be appreciated immensely.
Glenn Gallegos

01 January 2005, 12:01 AM
Her ear does not seem like an extension of her face. You could connect that.
Her eye looks diseased or very old and manly.
Her bangs are going one way, while the rest of her hair seems to be blown the other way. So if its blown, it seems this unseen wind would have an effect on her bangs.

just some tips.

Looks fiery.
Keep it up.

01 January 2005, 07:40 PM
Thanks for the critique. I agree with all your comments. I was trying to get a wild look in her eyes - non human which is something I haven't tried before.
I like your idea of sharing thoughts about faces. Great way to learn.
Played with this face for about 3 or 4 hours, trying to get a non human look but still have it be pretty, what's your opinion? Also turned her back into human, worked more on her eyes and smile, got frustrated with the hair and just put a scarf there for now. More classical look.
Looked at your little boy in the woods painting - shaping up nice. Will look at it more and maybe can come up with some ideas you might like.
Have a good one.

01 January 2005, 03:41 PM
Whoa! That classical one is quite a contrast to the fantasy one.
I can say this, the fiery glow on the first one is great for fantasy,
and the more subtly, homely tones on the "classical" approach which is more human is great for art in general.
Now you got two pictures that are becoming neat in their own way. Hope you saved both of them.
Anyhow, you know what would be neat? Having the plain girl, perhaps holding a book about fantasy, peering into a a basin of water beneath her and seeing the elf girl, as if she is imagining herself to be so grand. This wouldnt be too hard to do with photoshop.

The flowers look really vibrant in the classical approach. I think thats quite meaningful, as if she is saying with her decor what she cant say with her looks. Of course I would never say that to a woman, wanting to actually keep my teeth. :)

The first picture you posted originally has a very exotic face. I really enoy the fiery glow to it. I think to perhaps make her seem more fantasy based, add some things to her clothing which might connote shes from somewhere else.

Other than those "story" points (when i comment its usually about the story and context, not so much on form and what have you) I think the arm is a bit skinny for the face. I know arms do get that skinny, but usually the face follows.

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