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        05-01-2014, 01:17 AM
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    Foal
    Memorial portrait

    This is my most recent portrait of a horse named Cache, who has crossed the rainbow bridge. Please excuse the crummy quality photo taken by my IPad--the glare, it has also made certain details appear fuzzy, such as the mane.
    I would appreciate critique and feedback. Thanks



    And the original
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        05-01-2014, 03:24 AM
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    Very nice. What is the thing you most want your viewer to see? What feeling is most important? Which line will help the viewer move through the drawing, and what lines do not need to be ther because they only interfere with the total impression?

    This is what I think about when I set out a painting. If everything is going to be exactly as the photo, then why have a painting?

    Amazing how well you reversed the image and still retained a very accurate likeness.
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        05-01-2014, 03:32 AM
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    Foal
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    Very nice. What is the thing you most want your viewer to see? What feeling is most important? Which line will help the viewer move through the drawing, and what lines do not need to be ther because they only interfere with the total impression?

    This is what I think about when I set out a painting. If everything is going to be exactly as the photo, then why have a painting?

    Amazing how well you reversed the image and still retained a very accurate likeness.
    I reversed the photo digitally to help me with proportions, lol. What would you do differently tiny? I'm finding that these are becoming easier and easier as I experiment and practice. I notice that the dark parts around the muzzle, eye, and bridge of the nose are not quite as dark as in the photo--but I think that would hint at a different color--it seems difficult to capture all the variation in coat color and shades when working in monochrome.
         
        05-01-2014, 12:32 PM
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    I would look again at the photo (which I have no idea how to reverse digitally and am basically unable to do that mentally) and see where you need to increase the contrast a bit.
    For example, the head needs to pop off the body a bit more. So , I might darken the area under the jaw, which recedes into space and look at the beautiful line of the neck muscles. This is an important element in the composition of this particular photo. It curves up and leads elegantly to the head, which then goes down the straight line of the nose. The ears have a "hard" prick to them, that shows the long away focus of the horse, a kind of "longing" for some far off place that is evocative, especially in the memorial of a now gone horse. Empahsise this with stronger line and darker color

    I might have removed the halter, but since you have done it, and done it well, it tends to thave a bit too much importance. You've doen the eye and muzzle beautifully. Do no more to the back ground, it shoudl be LESS than the foreground so it doesn't compete.

    Does any of this give you some ideas?
         
        05-01-2014, 12:57 PM
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    Foal
    I made some slight changes, do you see any improvement?
    The horses owner really wanted the halter, and a background. I normally leave the background out--this is something totally new from me, and I was totally experimenting.
    In the past I have overworked a lot if things, and tend to have a very heavy hand--making things appear too dark. I have been trying to consciously avoid this. I hope that with each one, I will improve.
    Thanks for the input :)
         
        05-01-2014, 05:41 PM
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    Foal
    Seems to me that the body of the horse needs to be a little darker like in the photo to make the head/neck stand out more.
         
        05-01-2014, 06:10 PM
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    Yes it is better. Look at hoe the rop goes over the head, and even it has darker parts and
    Lighter parts, which help us to see the head as 3d. Your halter is rather flat. Maybe you can lighten it a little.


    The ears look better, I might be even a tiny bit braver. I am sure the client will be really happy with this. How big is it?
         
        05-01-2014, 06:15 PM
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    Foal
    11x14. I actually touched up a bit more, but the person came and picked it up already. I have a WIP of a dog I will post for your help ;)
         
        05-01-2014, 06:19 PM
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    Foal

    And the portrait. Again 11x14. I need to darken some areas on the face, but if am waiting until I have it all or mostly done before I start adding more value so it is consistent through out. This one will not have a background.
         
        05-01-2014, 08:09 PM
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    Great start! The trick is to not get too caught up in a background

    Oh, never mind!
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