Take Two!

3:51 PM

Thank you for all of your comments in the prior post on the little girl. You all did a great job and gave me much to think about. Once again, I'm asking you to take a look at this little girl, Sammy Jo, and tell me what you think. Nitpick! I am getting closer to what I want to put into the final painting. Again, does she look "real" as she is fabricated? Does she look like a little girl playing on the beach? What would you change, if anything?

After reading through your earlier comments, I realized that no little girl with the courage to pick up something icky on the beach is going to be caught dead wearing pink (I wouldn't have at that age!) and I also wanted her to be a little older than a toddler but probably not more than five. Hence the change of clothes (she has boys to keep ahead of) and the coloring of her shirt will probably be a bright acid green.

Tell me what you think! And thanks in advance - you all are the best!

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7 Creative Thought(s)

  1. Weel, her eyes look little girlish but I don't like her nose. Too long? Not sure.

    Like the outfit and the hair too.

  2. It's kind of hard to say because it's difficult to see the detail on a pic this small. The fold of skin that forms her right cheek might benefit from some softening... it looks fairly defined from here (but it may be the small pic or monitor so you'll have to make this call). I think I might soften the outer edge (the edge toward the outside of her face) and gently extend the shadow a little more so it's more graduated and doesn't have a defined stopping point. Here's a page with a portrait on S.G. Chipman's web gallery...


    Check out how his facial shadows are very softly blended. The reason I have this link handy is because I've realized this is something I needed to learn... so I've been studying and practicing his wonderful portrait techniques! :-)

    Her hair looks great and her skin tones are really beautiful... keep going!

  3. I think it depends upon the look you're going for. She has a stylized, illustrated feel (I could see her in a children's book and I totally love her). If you want less stylized, Teresa says it all. Her hair is gorgeous and I like the joy on her face.

  4. aw, this painting is going to be superb! :) I love the new hair and good point about the clothes!

    Perhaps the only thing that might need a little fixing is the mouth/cheeks. I think the cheeks are just a little bit more defined than needed and therefore the mouth looks like it's much behind the cheeks. Perhaps the shadow shouldn't be very localized (like a line), but more extended and softly disappearing. I'm not sure if all that makes sense, it's a little hard for me to explain myself in english when it comes to art.

    I hope this was of some help. I'm really starting to love this little girl :)

  5. I read the comments above and agree with Teresa. Young faces are so smooth and featureless that any deep grooves and shadows age them. The pose is really dynamic. Keep going! And I totally agree with you that taking risks and making mistakes is absolutely crucial to the learning process.

  6. Thanks for all the feedback. You guys are great and I truly appreciate your help and insight. I have gotten entirely too close to the little girl to be objective at this point. So again, thanks for your help!

  7. Hi Laure

    You may already know this but it could be help to others.

    One of the things to consider is the position of the eyes. There is a rule. Adult is in the middle of the eye line. Older person is above. To make someone look younger it is below.

    I have added a for you that explains this. It has something to do with the size of the child's forehead being larger than an adult.



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