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big self-portrait
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Published: February 24, 2007
© 2007 - 2019 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...
Image size
1405x1433px 344.11 KB
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mandarine1976's avatar
like the subject, like the composition
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RFord-Art's avatar
Still absolutely loving this painting! :) hope you are keeping well.
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kendallchapline's avatar
this is so adorable! and very nice!
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dancingNdarkness's avatar
thanks : )
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DaVincila's avatar
Just love the Closeup View. The coloring & composition are really pleasing. Great piece!
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jfkpaint's avatar
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's avatar
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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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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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|Professional
:love:
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Life-takers-crayons's avatar
Ha ha love the expression and the unusual approach to self portrait. Great effect on the skin :)
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dancingNdarkness's avatar
thanks!!
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tamago-girl's avatar
I love how fleshy this looks. And his expression is just perfect.
: )

-TG
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dancingNdarkness's avatar
hehe, fleshy...
thank you!
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dancingNdarkness's avatar
thank you so much!
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bear48|Professional
:wow: WOW :wow:

What a face

nice job
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JZino|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's avatar
aw, thanks!
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living-dust's avatar
you did this for the evansville art show didnt you? it was my favorite one there!
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dancingNdarkness's avatar
yeah! thank you!
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BingoLittle's avatar
this is so engaging- I love it!
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dancingNdarkness's avatar
engaging...yay, thanks!
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slowtones's avatar
really lovely piece!
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dancingNdarkness's avatar
:) thanks!
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