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sweaterbrau
« on: December 10, 2006 08:27:03 PM »

So...Here's a little self-portrait I whipped up in about 2 1/2 hours. It's acrylic on canvas board and it measures 12X16.

There are some things that seem a bit awkward about it but all things considered I'm relatively happy with it. It's the first thing I've painted in almost a year so I'm a bit out of practice.




Here's a little close up of the face.

Comments, criticisms and the like are all welcome!
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« Reply #1 on: December 10, 2006 09:01:35 PM »

two and a half hours? I think it would take me a lifetime to do what you have done. I think it's fabulous!
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cassiemarie
« Reply #2 on: December 10, 2006 10:48:30 PM »

nice job!  do you ever work in oils?
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« Reply #3 on: December 10, 2006 10:52:37 PM »

That's really gorgeous.  I love the sort of grungy quality to it.  Smiley
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« Reply #4 on: December 11, 2006 12:01:53 AM »

this is beautiful it looks so professional. you are a really great artist. that look like something i would have seen in my art history book. Shocked
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« Reply #5 on: December 11, 2006 05:34:43 AM »

Thank youuu! cassiemarie, I've actually never worked in oils. I was never really introduced to them in school and I guess I'm afraid to invest in something like that that I might not like.
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« Reply #6 on: December 11, 2006 11:53:22 AM »

The only comment I would make on this is that you may want to think about "washing" the canvas with a neutral color before doing the painting....that way you don't get those holes of white from the canvas in your final product. Otherwise it's beautiful! I like portraits that aren't straight stares.
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« Reply #7 on: December 11, 2006 01:03:22 PM »

Oils really arent that expensive, I always get  the huge tubes (200ml) of Winton brand oils, I get them from www.aswexpress.com, and they work wonderfully.  If you are worried about the expense, you could always start out with just black and white.  I am only encouraging this becuase I think they would work well with your technique.  That and I love them with all of my heart- haha, can you tell i'm a painter?  Keep up the art!
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« Reply #8 on: December 11, 2006 03:49:07 PM »

really fantastic. i would blend the black from your left shoulder into the background- it looks too thick. can't wait to see more from you!
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« Reply #9 on: December 11, 2006 07:26:32 PM »

what a beautiful self portrait!  Smiley
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