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#1 of 17 Old 08-28-2009, 03:02 PM - Thread Starter
 
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I was thinking about having an oil portrait painted of him. I contacted a local artist, who quoted me $1800 for a 12"x16" painting, and I said to myself, that's crazy!! So I decided to draw him myself. Maybe I'll get around to painting him myself someday. What do you think? I think the proportions are slightly wonky, and I'm not crazy about his neck, but I only spent two hours on it, and I didn't work on the neck a whole lot.

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You did a great job

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Are you self taught? I think you did a great job!!! Do you think maybe using colored pencil would be a good start rather than painting? To me painting is intimidating but I love watercolor pencils, colored pencils and drawing pencils.

NICE JOB!!!

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Aw I love it! Very tallented.

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I love it, you did a great job!

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What kind of pencil did you use?
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That's beautiful! I love your style. It's very expressive.

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thank you! It was an ordinary yellow #2.

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It's beautiful! I love how you captured the expressiveness of his face. Really great job.
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thank you! It was an ordinary yellow #2.
I thought so. You need a better pencil. Pick up an ebony pencil, and I think you'll see a real difference. Btw, I thought it was very solid for a first try with a no. 2 pencil.
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oh, it was just a sketch....I've got a whole set of pencils, I just didn't have them with me. Thank you!

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It looks great.

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looking good! It's funny how much perceived value of art can vary. I sell my paintings for a pretty low price, and I'm wondering if that doesn't say to people that I don't value my work, but for a painting that size on a good quality wood board I'd end up charging maybe $180, not $1800! I paint in acrylic though, which is generally somewhat less expensive. I have only been painting under 3 years, but I do a pretty good job of it

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Wow! That's a great sketch!

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Holy crap that is AMAZING! I wish I could draw like that! I wish I could draw a straight line! Or even a curvy one! Wow, I am in awe of your awesomeness.

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Wow! You have an amazing gift!
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Good texture. The crosshatching lines add to the realistic fur look. Try to add more shadows to create contrast. There isn't a full range of value yet. When you add a full range of value, you create something known as contrast which is a vital principle of design that is often used in art to create good compositions. Careful with the highlights as well. Be sure to remove ALL outlines.

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