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  • lampkin commented on lampkin's instructable How to Paint an Acrylic Portrait2 weeks ago
    How to Paint an Acrylic Portrait

    Awesome, I really like what you've done here Melissa. It has a classic impressionist feel. The subtle undertones of color look really good. It's not hard to overdo it on the later steps and lose that effect. Personally, I like the subtlety of the background. You can still feel the wavy colors and textures there. The best advice I could offer is to just practice; you'll get a better feel for the technique over time. With this one, you may want to add just a few touches on the details. A strong contrast in certain select areas can really make a portrait pop. For a final touch, you could darken the shadows maybe in the nostrils, the line between the lips, and under the bottom lip. I've found it's good to pay close attention to how light and shadow hits the corners of the mouth a...see more »Awesome, I really like what you've done here Melissa. It has a classic impressionist feel. The subtle undertones of color look really good. It's not hard to overdo it on the later steps and lose that effect. Personally, I like the subtlety of the background. You can still feel the wavy colors and textures there. The best advice I could offer is to just practice; you'll get a better feel for the technique over time. With this one, you may want to add just a few touches on the details. A strong contrast in certain select areas can really make a portrait pop. For a final touch, you could darken the shadows maybe in the nostrils, the line between the lips, and under the bottom lip. I've found it's good to pay close attention to how light and shadow hits the corners of the mouth and eyes. Mouths tend to have stronger highlights just under the dark line dividing the lips and just above the upper lip, and then also under the lower lip but mostly near the corners. Please let me see how your next portrait turns out. :)

    I'm sorry, it's been 5 months and I just noticed you replied. It's too bad you threw out the painting because it definitely could have been salvaged. To lighten your white layer, you could mix an acrylic medium to make it more translucent or just thin the paint slightly with water. It's good to thin your overlay color (in this case, orange) too, so it doesn't drown out the multi-colored effect too much.

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  • lampkin commented on lampkin's instructable How to Paint an Acrylic Portrait6 months ago
    How to Paint an Acrylic Portrait

    I suspect you overdid it on the highlights step, which is not hard to do. The good thing though is that if you start over color by color, it will come out smoother the second time around. Even if you didn't overdo it, it's good to go through the steps a second time if you're really going for that polished look. If you took photos of your steps, I'd be happy to give you advice. Also, I've written a couple other tutorials on my website which go through the same basic steps, but produce a much more stylized portrait. Reading through those should help you get a better understanding of this tutorial. http://jlampkin.com/tutorialhttp://jlampkin.com/techniqueEven if you didn't take photos of the steps, I'd like to at least see the final stage and give you some pointers. There's a contac...see more »I suspect you overdid it on the highlights step, which is not hard to do. The good thing though is that if you start over color by color, it will come out smoother the second time around. Even if you didn't overdo it, it's good to go through the steps a second time if you're really going for that polished look. If you took photos of your steps, I'd be happy to give you advice. Also, I've written a couple other tutorials on my website which go through the same basic steps, but produce a much more stylized portrait. Reading through those should help you get a better understanding of this tutorial. http://jlampkin.com/tutorialhttp://jlampkin.com/techniqueEven if you didn't take photos of the steps, I'd like to at least see the final stage and give you some pointers. There's a contact form on my website, or you can message me from here. :)-Jeremy

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