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  10 October 2012

This is picture of my sis that I have been working on.

She traveled, and so this her on one of he many journey's to far flung places.

I am struggling with the hair, skin tone, and I am not sure the background is working... so don't be shy, please help !
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Last edited by w-jones : 11 November 2012 at 06:49 PM. Reason: Add picture
  11 November 2012
You should post the photo reference if you want to get help for a painting that's based on a photo reference. Strangers don't know what your sis looks like, so they need to see the source to see if you captured her likeness properly.
  11 November 2012
Lunatique, thanks for the tip, I have done, all comments welcomed.
  11 November 2012
Okay, here we go. I won't mention the skintone or anything colour related 'cause I think you need to get it to look more like your sister first.

Have you tried using a grid? Using one will help you see everything that's off with your painting and there's no need to feel ashamed to use one I think. I use a grid if I try to paint a perfect copy of a picture, because I would never get it right otherwise. Use a grid until you're confident enough in your copying skill.

Also, check out the Art Techniques and Theories Forum, it's GREAT for us who want/need to improve. Here's a link http://forums.cgsociety.org/forumdisplay.php?f=166

I hope I helped you a little at least, and good luck!
  12 December 2012
You need to be a lot more accurate in how you observe, analyze, and depict shapes, values, form, and volume. For example, even in the tiny thumbnails I can see how you didn't portray her hand accurately--the shapes/proportions are off, and the form/volume are off too. Look at how distorted you made her knuckles look compared to the photo, or how big her ear is in relation to her face. The way you handle color looks like you're just sampling the various patches instead of thinking about why the colors appear the way they do (influenced by the various factors such as local color variations such as skin coloration, the color cast from the light source, the ambient bounced light's color cast, and nearby surfaces that might bounce its color cast onto the subject).

You also need to think about how brushwork contributes to the overall painting. You might want to read the post I made in this thread about this subject:
  12 December 2012
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