Sally became an aviatrix, and will flight to Austria soon. :)
This portrait was inspired of an old american poster found on Pinterest, which I tried to do from memory, then adapted due to perspective mistakes. It might sound complicated but it actually required patience more than anything else. Go for portraits and take all the time you need: it might take weeks but brings a lot of satisfaction and experience!
For this portrait, I mixed to many elements in my strategy, and this is mainly with I post it there. I deliberately didn't paint pretty as Ben said, and used John Thamm technique for outlines. A better way might may had been to focus on black and whites only first, before going head down blocking with the most present colors.
Now onto painting buildings before going back to people. :)
Mona Lisa's smile has strong competition!! The second I saw this, I was in love but that's mainly because I am very very crazy about those kind of retro figures, posters, cartoons and pin ups.
The shadow work is out of this world and contrasts so well with the coloring. That woman is so alive, I actually feel like saluting her myself!
Cher Romain, another standing ovation from my part! BRAVO!!
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This is amazing painting. You did next step. Half of figure. I like contrasting green and red and her amazing smile.
I went to do one portrait with the group of artists and was asking all people why portrait. They said they just wanted to learn portraits and before they all were doing still lives.
I think portraiture is not for everyone, but surely worth trying. So I had 4 sessions with live model and my portrait was very far from reality ( of course it was expected as I never learned human face proportions and a scull features to create proper face). I think it is great you go for portraits, human figure is the most difficult one to paint! Happy painting.