Lion portrait 🦁 - what needs fixing?
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Harmony Steel
Hi everyone :) this week I have been working on this portrait of a noble lion and I would love some fresh eyes on it if you have a moment! Is there anything that jumps out at you that I need to fix? Thank you 😁❤️🎨
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Steve Lenze
Hey Harmony, I like your lion painting, the face is really nice, and the proportions are perfect. The one thing that jumps out to me is that because all your colors and brush strokes are the same, it makes the painting look flat. The eyes, nose and mouth all feel like they are on the same plane. Varying the size and texture of the fur will help sell the 3D quality of the painting. Also remember that warm colors come forward and cool colors fall back. Hope this helped :)
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Harmony Steel
Thank you @Steve Lenze ! I'm glad to hear the proportions are good it took me ages to get them right, thank you for the encouragement :) Your advice is excellent and I've just posted an updated version of the painting in a new comment - please let me know what you think. Thanks again.
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Sketcher Ameya
awesome . keep it up
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Harmony Steel
Thank you 😊🎨😁
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Harmony Steel
Hi everyone :) Thank you so much for your feedback I truly appreciate it! I have read all your comments and worked on the painting for a few more hours - I have attached the original and the updated version so you can see the difference. Is there more I need to do? Thank you again. @Steve Lenze and @Serena Marenco you both suggested changing the stroke direction to suit the curve of the planes so I've tried to do this. Excellent advice, thank you! I will do that more in future! @Steve Lenze and @Izak van Langevelde I have tweaked the colors a bit to add in more cool shadows and cool highlights as you suggested, thank you. @Dan B - Very good point about the contrast! I've softened out the eye highlights, and worked more on the mane and other highlights. Haha and yes subtly is totally a weird word!!
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Dan B
Nice changes, I think it looks much more natural now and the focus stays on the face :)
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Serena Marenco
Do you see that you already have more three-dimensionality?
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Harmony Steel
PS - I know it's still not a great painting but thanks to your help I am learning.
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Charlene
Hi there! Overall I think it looks pretty good. I like the colours used and I think there is a good level of darks in there. Looking at it up close it's very textured and painterly. On a personal level I don't really like the way it looks like the canvas is showing through because I think it makes the work look incomplete but I think that's more my personal taste. Overall though there isn't really anything missing to me.
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Harmony Steel
Thanks @Charlene :) I agree re the canvas, I actually took it off, it's only an overlay over the top but I worry it takes away more than it adds. Thanks for your kind words and feedback :)
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Dan B
Structurally this looks great. I think it has a bit too much contrast leading the eye around a lot. I would soften the mane up and lighten some of the tones away from the eyes so they get more focus. Unless the reference looks like this anyway... then I'd just think about how to draw focus more subtly. Subtly is a weird word!
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Harmony Steel
Thanks heaps Dan :)! Great advice and I've worked on this - updated painting has been posted as a new comment on this thread. Thanks again :)
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Serena Marenco
Well done Harmony! You know what helps a lot when you're painting with a technique like yours? Taking into account the slope of the plane you're colouring and following it with the direction of the stroke. Does the surface curve slightly? Follow the curve with your stroke. Tilt 30 degrees? Tilt your stroke at the same angle. Vertical? Vertical strokes, etc. In this way you will have more three-dimensionality.
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Harmony Steel
Thank you @Serena Marenco !! This is excellent advice and I'm going to do this more in all of my paintings, thank you :) I've posted the updated painting in a new comment - let me know if it still needs more work.
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Izak van Langevelde
There is a lot to like about this, but you could have been more adventurous in choosing your colours. Try to add some cool colours?
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Harmony Steel
Thanks Izak :) I really appreciate your feedback. I've just posted an update as a new comment on this thread. Thanks again!
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