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1811  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Re: A Portrait with Progression Details! I'm HAPPY This Time! on: October 31, 2006 01:52:16 PM
You are doing so well and making such great progress!!  Can I add one more recommendation for you?  Can we talk about eyes?

Your drawings have such big expressive eyes, but they are a bit exaggerated and start looking cartoony.  Let's take a look at Audrey here:



She has nice, big expressive eyes, too.  But notice how her head is tilted down and she's looking up at you?  This causes her eyes to open more than usual and also you see more of the white below her pupils, giving the illusion that her eyes are bigger than they really are.  Her makeup also adds to the effect. 

Ok, using the magic of photoshop, lets add some of your guidelines:



Since her head is tilted, the horizontal lines need to bend down and her ears appear higher.  Note that Audrey's eyes don't quite fit the 5 across rule.  The spacing between them is about an eye's length, but the spaces on the sides are a bit shorter.

Now lets trace just the eye without the makeup:



Ahhh!  Scary red eye!
Anyways, notice how much vertical space is between the bottom lid and the top?  It really isn't much at all. 

Let's give her some eye makeup now:



see?  Now her eye looks nice and big again!  (But still weird and creepy Tongue)

Ok, so in conclusion, to increase the realism of your portraits, pay attention to the eye height.

I just want to add that you are making really great, fast progress!  I admire that you are willing to listen to criticism and really work to improving your drawing skills.  You are doing really, really great! 
1812  Halloween / Halloween Decor and Parties / Re: Pumpkins! Please share your Jack O Lanterns on: October 31, 2006 12:49:24 PM
Hi all!  I just thought I'd show everyone this awesome experiment on pumpkin preservation, as I don't think it's been linked yet.  I carved mine on friday, and it had already shrivelled up something awful, so I soaked it in the bleach/cold water solution overnight, and it plumped right back up.  I did this since I won't need it for very long anyway.  Anyhow, enjoy:

http://www.myscienceproject.org/pumpkin.html

How funny!  I was just about to post a link to this project. Smiley

But for long term (year after year) preservation I'm really not sure.  You could try sealing it with resin.  They also sell carvable, artificial pumkins that are meant to be kept for years.
1813  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: October 2006 Birthday Swap on: October 30, 2006 10:10:55 PM
aww... Thanks eirie! Smiley
1814  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: October 2006 Birthday Swap on: October 30, 2006 07:06:25 PM
hookin flamingo got the earrings I sent her and she asked if I could posts pics for her.  There on my blog here: http://cinnamonteal.blogspot.com/2006/10/welcome-to-my-new-blog-i-have-been.html

The first ones are inspired by a pair on her wist, the second are small so she can wear them to work and the third pair are for Halloween.
1815  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Lined/Zippered Scooter Bag on: October 30, 2006 06:59:20 PM
I love it!  My husband rides a 79 Vespa and he usually uses a messenger bag.  But this is a great solution.
1816  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Re: A Portrait with Progression Details! I'm HAPPY This Time! on: October 29, 2006 07:48:09 PM
ok, just one tiny piece of advice.  You are missing the trapezius muscle (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trapezius).  It goes between the neck and the shoulder creating a little bit of a slope there.  It's an easy muscle to miss. 

Anyway, keep up the great work!
1817  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Re: A Portrait with Progression Details! I'm HAPPY This Time! on: October 29, 2006 07:38:14 PM
No critique yet.  Just a great big "Wow!!!" This is such an improvement!  Great job!!
1818  Halloween / Halloween Decor and Parties / Re: Pumpkins! Please share your Jack O Lanterns on: October 29, 2006 01:43:12 PM
This is my first time ever craving a pumpkin and I think I did a pretty good job. Next time I'll move the pattern up higher and maybe try something a bit more difficult.

Wow!  This is really great for a first time!!  Much better than the first several I made.  (But then again I started carving pumpkins with my parents when I was like 5 Smiley)
You did a great job on all the curves.
1819  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: Stinky fish on: October 28, 2006 09:57:40 PM
Sole has a really delicate flavor.  It's not very fishy at all, but you have to be gentle when you cook it.  It falls apart pretty easily.  Also sushi doesn't have a very fishy flavor or smell.
1820  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: I can't decide if I like it or not... on: October 27, 2006 05:30:22 PM
Ok, I've made a second one with a different cable and it covers more of my hand.  You can see it on my blog:

http://cinnamonteal.blogspot.com

I'd love to hear what you think about this one.  Again, constructive criticism is most welcomed!
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