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Boy with cap

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  • Hi @jarube    Thank you for sharing.  I am not a portrait painter so I can't give you any feedback other than my initial reaction - I like the brushwork and freedom and "fun" you seemed to have with the hair.  The colors, to me, look very grey - the hair and shadows seem very cool where perhaps some warmth would do well.  The shoulders seem too high and thin - check your shoulder measurements (turning upside down with reference photo helps - look at negative space).  There are other fine portrait artists here who can help you better - thank you for sharing.  I think this is a fabulous start if this is your first portrait!

  • The eyes have good life in them and the expression is good. 
    Also the hair and the cap are well painted. 
    I see nothing to criticise, if I’m honest. 
    Actually on looking at it again , I think I find your signature distracting. At first I saw it as a tattoo.  But maybe this wouldn’t be something that most people would worry about. 
    I’m not a fan of tattoos. I know  I’m probably behind the times in this  ;)
    But I think it’s a great portrait, you have the eye of a photographer which must be a massive help when choosing a subject and settling on a composition. 
  • edited October 2017
    Lovely subject and an interesting composition, @jarube.

    If I were to work on anything it would be to get some more gradation in some key areas. For example, the line down the side of the nose and on the left side of the chin. You can turn planes with subtle gradations of value and with lost and found edges to achieve a much more subtle effect. Also, the cap seems a bit amorphous.

    However, overall I think it is a very good portrait, especially for someone so new to painting.

    Well done! :)

    PS I agree with @Hilary about the signature. Perhaps move it further down into the lower right corner.
  • edited October 2017
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  • Hello @jarube without the reference photo it is hard to provide critique -- I'm wondering if this subject's nose is as flat as the painting suggests?  I would expect it might have more of a 3 dimensional appearance and have found it useful to darken the mid part and lighten the end a bit, of course that is entirely dependent on the subject's nose shape.  

  • I love the carefree Brushstrokes especially the hair. It reminds me of painting from life. I can't really critique without the source image. The portrait looks like he is leaning forward and saying yes I'm listening.

    show the world your art proud, passionate, and especially original.

    looking forward to more
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  • I think in the painting you turned his eyes slightly towards the viewer.
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