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Cliche, I know, but really fun to do.

9x12 inch paper
Acrylic paint
6 to 7 hours, or something like that.

I only recently started getting into painting, so constructive criticism would be greatly appreciated.



ok now this was very neat, a very artistics view here, i love that its paint and not digital art, and you can really tell with this one, i liked this one so much i made it my faves, but anyways the front face is great what caught my attention on this one was the red and blue hair but color does that to me, I think as a small detail improvment you should have made the eye colors reversed kind of a {YING/YANG} effect, but its still impressive, now also would have liked to see more of a body and some backround there but must say this was still impressive, and glad i had a chance to review this, ill keep checking on your other stuff as its very artistic so awsome job indeed.

Some color change on the eyes so its reversed i suggested like the ying / yang effect. and maybe some more fuller shots aswell.


InsertFunnyUserName responds:

Thanks. Yeah, I could have done a bit more with the background. The reversed eyes is an interesting idea, also.

Not too bad

Yes, as you said, cliche. The two sided face / light & dark is used so much that I almost find it bothersome to look at. But I'll look past that in my review.

First, I fell as if the entire face is almost floating in space. Yes, there is a small suggestion of a body figure in the bottom right corner, but it easily blends with the hair. You could try making it violet, as that would stand out more and still suggest a body figure. An another alternative (which I now think would be better, because it keeps the color scheme of red & blue), would be to make it a very light, almost airy white-blue (which is different than light blue, as it is not actually mixing the two colors, but having small parts of both colors in a given spot, but I don't wanna try and force my style on you). This would work because as an instinct, our eyes percieve lighter tints of colors first, especially if they are against a darker shade. Also, try adding a neck, as it would connect the two components.

I feel as if the lighter half of the face lacks a certain "umph" to it, so to say. I feel as if you shaded it some, it would really pop out more to the viewer. Just because it's a lighter color doesn't mean you shouldn't blend in some purple to certain parts of the face. You might be wondering why on earth you would ever add purple to yellow to shade, but it's because it's yellow's opposite (you can observe this on the color wheel). You would want to take your original color, and add just a touch of violet, and then blend it into only the certain parts of which the person would need to make them less flat. A common mistake of beginning painters is that they want to add black to shade everything. But I've found in my expierence that using a color's opposite really helps a painting. Try using an eisel if you don't already. It can really help you see things in a different way. It's kinda hard to explain, but it's definitely beneficial. Also, try to blend more. I know it's difficult, but I feel as if the face needs more color variety and less choppyness

I saw in one of your other reviews that you use a lot of paint. Don't. Most great art actually contains very little paint. Try using more water.

Overall however, I found that I liked it. It has certain feel to it, and if you say you're only first getting into painting, this definitely would surpass my abilities when I was first starting out.

On an unrelated note however, do you ever use tempera? Most people don't like it and perfer tempera, but I found that I enjoy it much more, by a long shot even. I love doing wishywashy kinda stuff with bleeding in it. You should try it some time.

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InsertFunnyUserName responds:

The blue part in the corner isn't actually a body, it's just a blotch of blue that's filling space. I don't exactly remember why I did that, but I think it was supposed to be some sort of gradient (it looks more gradient-like in the painting), albeit not a very good one.

But other than that, I agree with you. I haven't tried tempera. Maybe I'll look into it. Thanks for the detailed review :]


You said mine isn't so good, but yours aren't the best in the world either.

InsertFunnyUserName responds:

My art doesn't have anything to do with your art. I know that I'm not the greatest artist in the world, but that doesn't mean I can't give my opinion on other pieces.

If you don't want constructive criticism, then don't come to a site that's built around exactly that.

Not that bad a cliche

Well, this wasn't that bad a cliche - if you were going for the two faced cliche, you should have had a prissy good girl putting her makeup on and seeing a goth chick in the mirror, or something like that ;)

What density paper were you using? How many g/sm was it, since that can make a big difference to how the acrylic paint reacts with the paper. Perhaps you could try doing something like this on canvas?

The detail is pretty difficult to deal with when you're using acrylic paints and you have made one or two errors, such as the imperfect divide with the hair and the smudging around the pupil of the red eye and the white not looking so white there. I think that with the way the red hair invades the blue side of the piece is good, but would it be possible to see some sort of a fightback from the lighter side of the personality, since that appears to be the symbolism.

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InsertFunnyUserName responds:

It's 90 lb paper. I've been thinking about getting some canvas, but never got around to it. I use this paper because it's heavy and can take a lot of paint, but getting something smoother would probably help, yeah.

I think the whiteness problem comes from me using the wrong type of white, lol. But yeah, there are a number of inaccuracies. I wish I had a bigger canvas to work on so I'd have better control over detail.

Thanks for the review :]

Nice picture

Well, the face could be a bit longer. Right now it looks very compressed and because of this the face looks a little bit too wide.

Also, the shadow line could use some more work. Either it should be straight line or the change from the darker side of the face to the lighter side should be more subtle.
Right now the shadow line loses it's straightness below the nose. If it was a straight line it could be used as a metaphor, how everyone of us also has a dark side, or something like that. ^^

I like the hair. It looks very good how the strands are blowing in the wind. ^^

Some parts of the canvas are still white, but I guess that's because of the acrylic paint. It has a nasty habit of coming off in some places, leaving white dots behind.

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InsertFunnyUserName responds:

Yeah, acrylics can be a pain in that regard, though some of it is reflection (as I took a picture of my sketchbook with my camera as opposed to scanning it). But I'll try to eliminate the dots in future paintings.

Thanks for the review :]

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Dec 29, 2009
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