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02 February 2006, 12:46 AM
Im started working on a painting of my best friend, she likes music. :P. I know the face is far from what it is in the reference photo, but faces are hard :S.

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02 February 2006, 04:21 PM
Eh, another hour of working on it.

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02 February 2006, 09:59 PM
Coming out pretty good i think, im proud of the face but it still needs a little work here and there.
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02 February 2006, 10:26 PM
Here we go! update time!
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02 February 2006, 11:58 PM
The shirt needs a little bit of help, if anybody could tell me how to make it looking for like the references shirt i would appreciate it, thanks.
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02 February 2006, 12:16 AM
You're making a good job on that, at the end you managed the face :)
I think it looks better on light background, the choice of colours in the last image subtracts a lot from the figure, which isn't so much contrasted. You should work maybe on a light desaturated brown, or azure. See how it looks :)
The shirt looks well balanced with the rest, I'd just add some more intense shading and lights on the whole portrait.
Good work!

02 February 2006, 04:01 AM
the painting is coming along good, but i have to say...the background colors are atrocious. if you went with something muted and not so clashing, it would bring the proper focus to the girl. i like the music wavelegnths as the background, and its a great idea, but it doesnt make much sense unless you look at the original image where she has the ipod. anyways you are off to a great start, and i am only bringing these things up because i like the image and and am following your progress.

02 February 2006, 11:52 AM
Thanks, i have changed the background and i plan on putting the headphones in the picture today :P

02 February 2006, 08:15 PM
Well this is the final image, I tried to put it under the finished work topic but for some reason it got declined, so here.
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Sorry about that, my mistake

02 February 2006, 10:16 PM
i like it but the Final Image link doesn't work :(

02 February 2006, 03:58 PM
Eeek...I like the figure but the background is severly detracting from the composition. It seems very chaotic and my eyes are unable to focus on the girl. You seemed to have spent a lot of time on the sketch/painting, so spend a little time on the background to make it perfect. I do think that the shirt could still use a little more in the highlights/shadows area. Nice job overall.

02 February 2006, 08:44 PM
I appreciate the honest opinions because im sending my paintings to a college to try and get scholarship money. Hopefully this is easier on the eyes. If its still not a good choice of color someone tell me because im obviously terrible at backgrounds.


02 February 2006, 06:17 PM
Her left shoulder (the area between her actual shoulder and her neck) is too small. The crop of the picture diminishes the natural curves in the original picture. If you look at the reference, there is a portion of the hip that you get to see. When you look at your image, the same curve is not there because of the position of the woman in relation to the page. Just above that the folds in her shirt need to be defined more. Her right biceps stands out too much. Try to reduce the values slightly so that it is a subtle indentation and not so abrupt.

Otherwise, I think it is a great start. Good luck on that scholarship.


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