i love the solemn look in her face..its touching i have such a terrible problem with oils, so i respect anyone that can wield them well, and you sir, do i'm no art professor but this is a lovely painting. the skin if stands out so well against the green. the head seems a tad to small but i'm sure you've caught that if its true. very impressive work<3
Sadness is a human feeling,a condition of the person. People don´t accept the sometime they have jealousy, envy, but the sadness be marc in the face, easy the to see,sometimes not,sometimes like a smal light in the eye,but who have all ways don´t now to ride. The smile is liberator ,but to much is fake,the sadness is purification. For me only a true artists now how paint that. And you now.
i´m never did ask samething foolishness like that apology.
Well, for clarification purposes, my opinion hasn't changed. The notion that you are a bumptious super-star, however, has undergone a few modifications. I have been swiftly put in my place! Never again will I put it above the (famously famous) Doc-Hammer to respond to blips from fellow, not quite as famously famous dA blippers. Thanks for the response. It turns out that there is a human back there, or at least a well-oiled cerebellum.
Well, that shouldn't make you change your original (and extra flattering) opinion of me. I mean, I'm famous (that's a laugh) for making cartoons, not portraits. In the world of portraiture I'm still a little nobody with a head full of dreams and a greasy brain.
Hey Doc! Big Fan of the venture bros... just came across your page through the venture bros. wikipedia entry. Read your tips on painting and you really inspired me to pick up the brush again... i also do oils and must say your work is quite moving. it has a real old master feel to it. Not many so-called artists even attempt oils anymore and in contrast to the venture brothers stuff it shows an incredible range... it makes me feel less alone in the world, at a time that seems rather senseless and cruel... thanks for the inspiration.
the greens work really well here... they're almost a jeweltone emerald... the shading on her face is very effective in conveying the pensive, almost melancholy mood... i also like how subtle the "halo" is..
In all honesty, I've never seen oil on canvas without noticing any mask markings- great technique.
Professional composition, use of hue and contrast, proportion...the morose expression upon the woman's face is both impressive and moving. In need of words, this is an instant favourite.
I also have a comment if you would ~ it's not the head angle or proportion that bothers me in this portrait, but the left [side] of her neck that doesn't correspond with the shoulder... I'd change the angle of the shadow of this side of the neck and soften up the contrast... as it really "jumps" out of its place..
... very good piece overall, no doubt that the owner values it a lot ...
and you are right, this is a very "picturesque" type of a face she has!
i thank you for being someone who can represent holiness in reality, in something palpable and vulnerable.
Maybe I just needed a break from studying from my Art History Final, but after staring for hours at eighty religiously minded italian renaissance pieces, this was a welcome diversion that reminds me all the talent in the world was not used up by the old masters, and that the familiar can be just as sacred as that which is deified.
You channel something very deep and quiet here. and it's all the more precious for that.
poisonpetalsFeatured By OwnerDec 12, 2004Professional Filmographer
omg. you should get more comments than this. I've never seen anyone do such wonderful paintings that look SO realistic. It made me think this was a photograph as well as many others said. I could NEVER do that. Keep up the fantastic work
I was almost sure the reason was perspective, but that's not something I'm great at in the first place. You pulled it off 1000% better than I could've, taking into consideration I can't/don't paint.
I've been trying to do a picture with a first person view of someone reasching up to the sky. Naturall their lower arm is going to be the widest part even though 'normally' the hand would be. It's just because it's closer that it's bigger.
Grats on daily deviation by the way. If it weren't for that I may have never seen your gallery. Either way the painting is superb.
Oh... I see what you are talking about now. Yeah, ya see, her body is at a 45 degree from the easel. She tuned her head towards me. So perspective makes her shoulders look small and that is where the head issue comes into play... Ya see what I mean? It's a dark painting and a shitty photograph. If you saw the real painting, I doubt you would have had that problem. Ya see why I paint women in bras? If you saw the architecture in her chest, you would know in an instant the angle of her body... That's why I paint them (Well... There are many reasons, that one is a new one) But thanks for the "hey, watch out"... I was kinda confused there for a bit.
That painting is done and sold. Can't do much about it now, ya know. But anatomy is something that we all struggle with. I can't imagine a day that I will not step back from one of my paintings and go "What the?"
The head is large because she is lurching forward (slumped), and this is an issue of very delicate foreshortening. I thought it was successful... But I can see where you would be kinda weirded out by it.