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Old 10-25-2011, 09:15 PM
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Bridal painting critique (my first post)

Never mind I guess - I will repost when I can attach the proper size images.


Hi Guys, I have been a member for a while now, but rarely post and have finally gotten the nerve to ask for a critique. I have been learning to use Painter for a couple of years now and always get oohs and ahhs from friends and others who have seen it, but would like to get a more expert opinion of my work. I (hope) I have attached the original photo that was cropped and retouched slightly before painting began. I followed as best I could portrait painting techniques learned from both Karen Sperling and Fay Sirkis dvd's - using a lot of Sfumato brushes for blending the face and skin areas. All in all I am pleased, but probably need work on selecting color scheme and composition. But I LOVE her eyes!!! My favorite part to paint - and she does have gorgeous green eyes. OK - I hope this is adequate for my first post - Have fun!! Sorry, I could not get the final image small enough to attach here, so I hope it is ok to add the link for the critique image. Thumbnail is the original photo.

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Old 10-26-2011, 01:48 AM
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Re: Bridal painting critique (my first post)

yes, her eyes are wonderful. A few tiny specular highlights in the flowers might give them more depth and the dress could use a tad more texture -- but overall a good effort. Painter is really fun, isn't it?

Here's how you get images small enough to attach.
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Old 10-26-2011, 07:31 AM
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Re: Bridal painting critique (my first post)

Yes, I see what you mean about the highlights in the flowers - I will remember on my next attempt. After printing I apply thick acrylic by hand which does improve the textures somewhat.

And big thanks for the link for resizing images for posting - that is the main reason I have not posted until now. And yes, Painter is lots of fun - I just wish I had more time to play with it.
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Old 01-04-2012, 10:08 PM
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Re: Bridal painting critique (my first post)

For someone posting on a forum all about imaging, im surprised image sizing needs to be explained.
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Old 01-05-2012, 08:20 AM
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For someone posting on what is intended to be a "help" forum for beginners and professionals alike, I am surprised that mean, sarcastic replies are tolerated.
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Old 01-05-2012, 08:26 AM
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Re: Bridal painting critique (my first post)

ah, but you asked for help on the image itself. not meant to be a mean comment... just cover the basics before you try and get advanced. walk before you can run, thats sorta thing.
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Old 01-05-2012, 08:33 AM
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Re: Bridal painting critique (my first post)

Actually, I did not ask for help with the image - at time of posting, the painting was done, delivered and paid in full - the client is happy. Since this is the critque forum, I was just asking for suggestions on improvements for future projects.
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