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big self-portrait by dancingNdarkness big self-portrait by dancingNdarkness
this one's new...where as almost everything else i have on here is not. i did this fall 2006, and since it's fairly recent, this is what i'm trying to improve on. not this painting, but other paintings i'll be doing, so if you notice anything that can help me, please please please share. i've already begun to pick out problems, like my cheek's edge isn't smooth...at all, the eyelashes are funky, and some of the shading's blocky. but yeah, critique!

4'x4'...huge (for school...i'm really not that into painting myself)
oil on canvas
monochromatic...
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mandarine1976 Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2013
like the subject, like the composition
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RFord-Art Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2010
Still absolutely loving this painting! :) hope you are keeping well.
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kendallchapline Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2009
this is so adorable! and very nice!
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dancingNdarkness Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2009  Student
thanks : )
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DaVincila Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2008
Just love the Closeup View. The coloring & composition are really pleasing. Great piece!
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jfkpaint Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2008
Hi Miranda,

I saw that you marked me as some deviant watch thingy (I don't quite have a full understanding on how everything works on this website yet).

Well... I went to check out your work and this one caught my eye right away. When I read that it was 4x4. Hmmmm... hard for me to critique at that size as it must be an entirely different painting technique to go to that size. Also... you did this a while ago... and may not want any more criticism.

OK... having said that... I'll go ahead with a critique or two anyway. First one. If your anything like me when I paint. There can always be an improvement and you always see mistakes. I usually get to a point when I am finally sick of working on something that I sign it and stop. Guess I learned a few years back to stop telling people what the mistakes are that you see. 95% of the normal folks won't see it the little bits and pieces that bother us so.

As to the canvas itself, I think the finger wasn't given as much attention as the rest of the canvas and the shadows of the eye needed some softening.

But all in all... great work... now I have to go look at the still life on your front page

All the Best

Jim
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dancingNdarkness Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2008  Student
haha, thanks! i still love other people's advice on this. i haven't tried to be realistic much since i painted this, and in the fall i'm taking painting II...and any advice from this will help later on.
thank you again!
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FrankLArtist Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2008
4 x 4 huh? thats a big space to fill! But You impress me...really. Yeah I could critique the obvious, fingers look a bit wierd, eyes, not quite right etc etc, but I think It works this way. Prehaps, it adds more to the over all aesthetic of the painting, crooked lines, areas where its less well 'drawn' however...no, it does, (just took another look..) I like the way it looks, I always find a good painting needs balance like this, ying/yang if you will, some sharp areas, some messy, etc.... The compostion is really quite nice and the image works...square is a nightmare to compose on, but this feels natural.
I think that your work in this vain would benefit hugely from more paint though, I can see a fair amount of texture, but I can imagine this piece , or similar with tons of paint, lots and lots of great texture You have to be careful with stretched canvas as to how much weight you can put on it, but try mounting the canvas on board. I find a great way to add texture to oil paint is to mix in refined whiting, you may need to add more binder, oil, resin etc, but whiting will give you serious body and it goes off very quickly!, so you can build up the texture in a matter of days, even on something this size , then work cleaner oil paint over the top, you should still be able to remove the heavier paint if it gets in the way...sorry, I have gone into waffle mode.....but I really like this painting...you should most certainly keep it up, you have some talent there!
Dont fuss over the detail..there is enough here, Making it too photo-realist would kill the charm. Just use more paint!
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dancingNdarkness Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2008  Student
wow, thanks!
i'll definitely start using more paint!
i just started using hardboard behind the canvas, and i agree that backing really helps.
thanks for all the advice, i'll use it!!
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mannieboy Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2007  Professional
:love:
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Life-takers-crayons Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2007
Ha ha love the expression and the unusual approach to self portrait. Great effect on the skin :)
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dancingNdarkness Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2007  Student
thanks!!
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tamago-girl Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2007   Photographer
I love how fleshy this looks. And his expression is just perfect.
: )

-TG
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dancingNdarkness Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2007  Student
hehe, fleshy...
thank you!
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dancingNdarkness Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2007  Student
thank you so much!
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bear48 Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2007  Professional
:wow: WOW :wow:

What a face

nice job
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JZino Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2007  Professional Artist
Nicely done, and don't fret over the eyelashes. I think if they are funky they look more realistic.
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dancingNdarkness Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2007  Student
aw, thanks!
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living-dust Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2007
you did this for the evansville art show didnt you? it was my favorite one there!
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dancingNdarkness Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2007  Student
yeah! thank you!
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BingoLittle Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2007
this is so engaging- I love it!
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dancingNdarkness Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2007  Student
engaging...yay, thanks!
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slowtones Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2007
really lovely piece!
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dancingNdarkness Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2007  Student
:) thanks!
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sparkles112585 Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2007
Hey this is pretty cool!
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dancingNdarkness Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2007  Student
thank you!
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rachelab74 Featured By Owner May 22, 2007  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
hahaa!!! :rofl: I love the expression!! :D
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j0rosa Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
This is well done. You're only 18, you have plenty of time to practise/improve this medium (compared to me where I started later in life). I need to practice (and start doing) painting people (and animals). :+fav:
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j0rosa Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
This is well done. You're only 18, you have plenty of time to practise/improve this medium (compared to me where I started later in life). I need to practice (and start doing) painting people (and animals). :+fav:
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Emmarainbow Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2007
Bloody hell! Damn good painting I must say! It's an ambitious shot and the colour scheme works really well.

Congratulations on the hair - mine never comes out right.
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dancingNdarkness Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2007  Student
haha thanks!
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nicholeofearth Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2007
How adorable!

I absolutely love it!

:)
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dancingNdarkness Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2007  Student
thank you! :aww:
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cassiopia5484 Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2007
that's beautiful!!!! - it's all squishy and adorable!!
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dancingNdarkness Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2007  Student
:thanks:
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SayaDarkholme Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2007  Student
Brilliant, and a really hard pose to get right! Also, it looks really like you, and not an alien, which it would if I attempted it. Well done.
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dancingNdarkness Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2007  Student
haha, thanks!
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VThomason Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2007
i saw this in the hallway the other day! i thought it was awesome! i love it... it really expresses you.
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dancingNdarkness Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2007  Student
why thank you
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A-Zim11 Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2007
i love how this is monocromatic but still such human like colors really great work and 4x4 that must have taken forever!!!! the right eye looks a littile uncircular btw :) still fantastic work
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gibsart Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2007
great painting!
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Sarrasanne Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2007
Y'know, this painting is like a cross between self-portrait, pop-art and cubism... kind of. I just cant pin it down.
I think the cheek and eye are fine but you should work on the fingers.
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dancingNdarkness Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2007  Student
they do look different. thanks.
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ELaiNeLight Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2007   Traditional Artist
This is amazing really expressive!
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plaidtalkinagogo Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2007
this is wonderful, yo. awesome.
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surf-4-life Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2007
Nice work! I especially love the eye :)
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dancingNdarkness Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2007  Student
thank you!
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surf-4-life Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2007
You're welcome
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