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  09 September 2004
Portrait Study, Russell Collins (2D)

Title: Portrait Study
Name: Russell Collins
Country: United States
Software: Painter

Just in time to read Arseny Gutov's article on portraiture... ...makes me want to practice more!

I use a photo reference for this one (websites devoted to documenting haircuts have lots of good reference materials for portraits) and used it to learn how to render hair and facial structures. Critiques of those specifically would be appreciated but also of the anatomy, colors, etc.

It is hard to know how something works until you break it.

  09 September 2004
Talking I like it!

I think your work is very nice, and I love the way you've painted the hair, but if I coul give you an advice, I'd modify the left eye because, maybe, the prospective is quite wrong.

  09 September 2004
i agree about the eye perspective thing. it looks a tad too small and to the left. maybe by removing some of that brown shadow color (or changing it to a flesh tone) between the hair and head will fix the 'problem'.
  09 September 2004

Great skin texture!!, good technique but it has a problem in the position of her left eye, nothing more to say.
  09 September 2004
Thank you guys very much for the tips. I've gone back and changed a few things according to your suggestions and while the difference is subtle, it *feels* better on the eyes.

First, here is the new image as it stands now.

And now, here is an animation (on 2.5 second delay that shows the changes I've made to the eyes more directly. It is only a wee bit freaky to look at for very long :P

So, is this the kind of change you guys meant for the eyes? I know I didn't warm up the colors in the shadows any, but I did change them a little and open up the face a tiny bit more. Of course, this was for practice and any picture can get reworked to death but I still appreciate your feedback.

It is hard to know how something works until you break it.

  09 September 2004
nice pose and lighting. I like the handling of the hair very much.

I am wondering about the mouth and chin - they seem to be slightly misaligned. This was not noticable on first viewing. It seems to be more of a tweaking issue.

Gord MacDonald
  09 September 2004
I would say the left eye brow looks too angled and to try matching it to the other side. This may also help make the left eye look less warped.

over all a good job

  01 January 2006
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