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08 August 2005, 01:15 PM
My daughter used to love sitting amonst the bushes at the bottom of the garden. She would be lost in her own little world for ages at a time.
09 September 2005, 02:44 AM
Ok worked up the face a bit more and started on the hand .
09 September 2005, 05:43 AM
This is a beautiful portait. Love the colors and the play of sunlite. Can't wait to see it finished.
09 September 2005, 09:36 AM
I like the style..and the depth of feild looks great
09 September 2005, 10:54 AM
Small update , Finished the hand and now starting on the dress. Played with the contrast between fore, mid and backround to get more depth into the image.
As usual C&C's welcome
09 September 2005, 05:48 PM
I think that you need to work on the hand a bit more, the fingers look to long for a small child's hand. Also you need to work on your blending on the skin it need softer transitions between light and dark areas. This painting is really charming.
09 September 2005, 10:35 PM
Thanks for the comments
I will cross check the hand with the photo that I am working from. As for the blending btween light and dark. The very light patches on the shoulder, arm and fingers a strong direct sunlight with quite a sharp edge to it , as for the rest the blending is progressing.
On second look at the hand, what is making the fingers look too long is the shadow under the knuckles. They have been brought out when I changed the contrast of the image. Good pick up thanks.
As yet I can't deside what she is reaching for, at first I was going to be a butterfly, but I recon that would be to cliche', any thoughts / ideas would be helpful.
09 September 2005, 07:22 AM
I think a butterfly would be fine however you could also consider a dragonfly, hummingbird, fawn or a fantasy creature it's your painting. I realize that the light areas are strong sunlight, it is the areas in shade that I am concerned about. They are very dark and red making is look dirty in those areas. I really like the lighting and the style just a little softening it the shadows, particularly on the hand. If the shadow areas on the hand were closer to the hue and value of the shadow areas of the face I think it would look so much better. Also only two of the fingers look to long, the baby finger and the ring finger. I don't mean to be nitpicking but this is such a beautiful painting it deserves some fine tuning.
09 September 2005, 11:54 AM
Thanks for suggestions, I have decided to go with fairies, as this fits in so well with my daughter, she loves fairies. I can picture her sitting down at the bottom of the garden in her own little world filled with fairy friends.
I am going to hide lots of fairies around the picture, peeping out and getting up mischief.
09 September 2005, 05:24 PM
Love the fairy idea. I like what you did with the hand it looks much better. Consider moving the fairy that Denny is reaching for alittle higher into the dark area or putting an little glow around her to make her more noticable. The hidden fairies can be for those who look closer. The main fairy is to get everyone to look closer, maybe. Anyway keep going it is a wonderful painting.
09 September 2005, 11:22 PM
Good suggestion, I must say that I am really enjoying this one.
09 September 2005, 11:54 AM
Moved the fairy, started on the hair and tree trunk.
The face needs to be softened more, I feel that she is looking too old.
Here is a link to the full res image, [/url][URL=http://img300.imageshack.us/my.php?image=denniessummer057jo.jpg]http://img300.imageshack.us/img300/3159/denniessummer057jo.th.jpg ("")
as always C&C's welcome
09 September 2005, 11:50 AM
Working up the foliage
10 October 2005, 11:55 AM
Ok, after a long absence, I am back. Getting there I think but still a long way off from where I want his piece to be.
10 October 2005, 06:11 PM
Your picture is coming along. Looks good :) for me, I'm having a hard time seeing the fairy because it's small and delicate. I think it should be slightly higher and closer to the hand - a closer proximity would flow a little better. Or, maybe give the fairy some sort of glow? Just my thoughts...Keep it up!
10 October 2005, 12:09 AM
Glad to see that you are back and working on this again. I've been hoping to more progress on this delightful portrait.
10 October 2005, 12:19 AM
Euphrosyne & moraisins: Cheers, Yea I am glas to be back on this one, things have been very busy this end. I am aming to finish this one by the end of the week, but I will see how it goes.
I was busy playing with a glow on the fairy when , CRASH, lost about an hours worth of work last nigh. So the painting was quite a bit more progressed than this :sad:
10 October 2005, 12:04 PM
I have moved across to Photoshop to do the blending and other details. Painter just wasn't giving me the control I need.
10 October 2005, 11:38 AM
Changes to the face and hair, the more I work on this the more I see to change...
10 October 2005, 11:58 AM
And the softening progresses
10 October 2005, 05:49 PM
Put another layer on, fill it with a colour (green?) and play around with it. Erase the areas around the fairy and maybe the girl's head/hand so that they are the lightest thing in the painting, so that they stand out more. I like the way it's going, I just think it needs a bit more connection between the different distances in the pic. Going well, keep it up! :thumbsup:
10 October 2005, 05:35 AM
With such fine details in the fairy and the plants I believe that the painting would look better it the skin on the child were softer and more blended, the dark areas have a bit of a muddy look to them. Everything else in the painting is so beautifully painted and saturated.
10 October 2005, 10:29 PM
paperclip, good tip, thanks.
Euphrosyne, I have progressed the blending alot and it's finaly getting there. I am pulling out my hair on the hair though:rolleyes: . I will post the next update soon
10 October 2005, 05:23 AM
Hair can be a real challenge, especially if you want to make realistic curly hair which seems like the most difficult and time consuming of all. Good luck.
10 October 2005, 10:37 AM
10 October 2005, 10:51 AM
OK, now I am at the stage of needing a freash set of eyes to look over this. There are refinements needed on the garland and the new fairies, but what else?
and the link to the full res image
C&C's needed please
10 October 2005, 10:34 PM
Had a look on a different monitor and decided that there was too much contrast.
10 October 2005, 11:04 PM
There is too much grain due to resizing issues, try to look past it.
10 October 2005, 02:28 AM
im only a newb but i love it so far!!
question are you planning to print and frame this for her when finished?
keep up the excellent work i eagerly await the next update:thumbsup:
10 October 2005, 06:50 AM
datsun, yes that is the plan. at the moment I have had requests from three members of my family for prints. I want to try and print this onto canvass to give that extra level of texture.
10 October 2005, 06:50 AM
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