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post #1 of 21 Old 04-24-2011, 07:43 PM Thread Starter
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Which one is better? Your opinion please!

I would like your opinion on two attempts at a portrait I just finished for a friend. The rough sketch came out fantastic and I was really excited to do the final ink wash painting, but ended up overworking the first attempt, such that I actually damaged the paper a little and had to use white paint to try and clean up the eye. I was unsatisfied so tried again, and the second one feels overworked to me, again!!! Each one has points about it that best express Cody, and I would like your opinion as to which you think is the better "portrait" of this horse.

First Cody
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post #2 of 21 Old 04-24-2011, 07:47 PM
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I like the second best; I don't like the look of the big whiskers and eyelashes in the first. I bet she'd be happy with either, though
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post #3 of 21 Old 04-24-2011, 07:47 PM
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Wow! Great work! I think they are both beautiful. The only thing that stands out to me is the first one he appears to have a "kinder" eye.
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I like the second more.

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Wow! Great work! I think they are both beautiful. The only thing that stands out to me is the first one he appears to have a "kinder" eye.
Glad you pointed that out to me. II can darken slightly that area that reads as white of the eye, meaning eye rolled back, meaning unrelaxed horse. He does have some amazing "worried" wrinkles on his eyes, all the time. Very unique face.
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I like the first better , it has captured his expression really well - and I actually like the whiskers and eyelashes.
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post #7 of 21 Old 04-24-2011, 10:00 PM
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I like the second one. The first ones eyes make him look drunk no offence lol.

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Personally, I really like the first one ;) though I agree with the others that they are both great!

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I like the second one. His prominent face whiskers in the first one draw my eye down, making the focal point his nose. In the the second one the focus is his eyes, which I feel is more appropriate.

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post #10 of 21 Old 04-25-2011, 02:10 AM
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I like the second one. I noticed the body on the first one was kind of ...chesty? Either way, your work is so excellent it doesn't even matter! LOL
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