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« on: May 04, 2011 02:39:59 PM »

My sister's birthday is in a few days and I decided to draw her a picture of her 3 month old baby. I'm planning on framing it before I give it to her but, I'm wondering if it's done. You know how it is.... you can never tell when it is done, so you keep adding things to it till it's ruined. So. What do you think? Does it need anything? I appreciate any critiques!

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« Reply #1 on: May 04, 2011 03:03:31 PM »

Can you post the picture youre working from? It does feel like it might be missing something but i can't pinpoint what it is..it might be easier to if i see the original picture
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« Reply #2 on: May 04, 2011 03:22:17 PM »

it`s really cute! Smiley

also, i agree, you could add some more Smiley - i think maybe since the backround is all white, you could add a lil more of the collar or whatever he`s wearing and a lil more contrast as bolder lines, where the shade hit`s the strongest... (orig. photo would help, agreed)

but i`m sure she`ll love it in any form you`ll give it to her Smiley!

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« Reply #3 on: May 04, 2011 06:51:57 PM »

I think more detail at the bottom where the clothing is would add something nice to it..also the shading in the eyes looks more finished than the rest of the face, it looks bolder and more complete...maybe just keep working on the shading a bit. There is a way of blending pencil with mineral spirits or terps, to make it look really finished. you shade just like you have, then you use a paint brush to rub the mineral spirits on the picture and it blends everything so easily. http://rubberstamping.about.com/od/techniquesandtutorials/ss/BlendingPencils.htm this shows you how to do it, but they use a qtip instead of a brush, and pencil crayons instead of regular pencils but it works great with them too. if you want to try that i would suggest drawing a doodle and doing a quick practice, its easy to catch on to though so i dont think youd have to worry about time as long as you can find mineral spirits. (its a medium used with oil paints to water them down...just incase youre not familuar with them

*also when you frame it if you could put a nice border made of mat board, or even just a drawn border i think it could be a nice finishing touch to it.  you definately nailed the likeness though, Im sure she's going to love it
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« Reply #4 on: May 04, 2011 08:35:20 PM »

As you're using the paper color as the highlight, I recommend shading the background (at least on the right side) -- it's much darker than the highlights on the kiddo's face.

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« Reply #5 on: May 04, 2011 09:30:08 PM »

What a sweet sweet baby!!  You're giving a lovely gift.  My first thought was that the lines defining the eyes and mouth should be softened, eyelashes are rarely truly black and probably closer in tone to her skin.  Same with the lips - I will say you've done a great job capturing that cute baby nose - not always easy!!  Keep up the good work!!

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« Reply #6 on: May 05, 2011 03:53:54 AM »

Thanks for all the help guys! There are some great suggestions here  Grin It's always good to have a fresh view on something.

« Reply #7 on: May 06, 2011 04:11:56 PM »

be sure to post a picture when its all done Smiley
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