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WIP Critique first attempt at acrylics - face

Discussion in 'Painting Techniques' started by cdown67, Nov 8, 2011.

  1. cdown67 New Member

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    i want to post my first attempt to paint a face with acrylics...i know it...well needs work..a bit crap really but i am over the moon about it..i can see how this works now...real break through. i am posting in hopes of soliciting wisdom and criticism. i may strip this and go again...just to practice. the figure is one of my favorite characters...i have painted this bust 4 times...sadly it has become a practice pallet.

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  2. Steve Well-Known Member

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    Well done Craig! There is no way to tell that it is your first go with acrylic. Looking good!
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  3. cdown67 New Member

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    thanks so much...not sure how to do the lips..how much color? still skittish about eyes..getting them to look alive..etc.
    the next question will be how to tackle blondish / dirty blond, sean bean hair.

    thanks again...
  4. Steve Well-Known Member

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    I think the color of the cheek blush and the lips should be the same to start with. Since your figure is from a live person you can get a good idea of how much color on the lips you need with a quality photo of Bean as Sharpie. If you enter the questions about blond hair into the search function here you will get a ton of info. Great questions.--
  5. cdown67 New Member

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    thanks...will do
  6. MINIATURE-ART New Member

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    craig
    Good morning, on principle I would like to tell me how many hands have made the basic color, if using one of the sets, facial painting of trade (ANDREA). Basic to the acrylic is to great dilution of color (1 / 10) a 10 part color and water. good is the water is distilled and warm. distilled to not have salts and warm to dry out more quickly. Since I use translator will wait for your reply to go
  7. cdown67 New Member

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    yes , using the andrea skin set and distilled water...room temperature. as far as paint to water ratio, this is one area i was learning on. in most cases it was very diluted (1:10)..but i believe i slipped back into old habits and put paint on the figure that was not diluted enough and instead of stopping immediately and correcting it, i pushed on. i was disappointed in the results and the loss of control. i hope that makes sense
  8. cdown67 New Member

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    another observation / question...while i like the ease of using the paint set, i feel i need more color. this maybe the point with these sets, to provide some basic tones to start with. the reds in the cheek and some deeper tones for a few spots. i have used blues in spots (oils) in the past and neutral (not sure if that is the correct term) in areas void of light..say under the chin...etc. I have never been happy with my results in oils. almost without fail i had a muddy mess. my intent for this face was to start to learn HOW to paint with acrylics. I used the set to take out the paint mixing variable. that said, i am so excited about the basic process and cant wait to do more ...thanks all for your input and patience.
    the upside to brain surgery is i have 2.5 more weeks of recovery to paint!
  9. housecarl A Fixture

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  10. cdown67 New Member

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    Carl...thats excellent, thanks...i was un able to see the PDF (very last post) might someone have it or is it elsewhere on the forum?
    it speaks to more than one of my questions..
  11. housecarl A Fixture

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    The link appears to be broken Craig. :(If I remember correctly it was the whole article on PDF, so it could be printed for reference.
    Carl.
  12. CJK Member

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    Craig, your flesh tone is appealing, mind sharing the color combinations used? The article recommended by Carl was instructive and informative for me.
  13. cdown67 New Member

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    chris, i used the andrea flesh paint set...that's it. i did this to avoid adding the paint mix variable as i attempted to learn how to use acrylics.
  14. CJK Member

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    Craig, thanks for the info. Experimenting with flesh sets is something I should look into. Does anyone have thoughts on the colors included or experiences using flesh sets from Andrea or Lifecolor, for example?
  15. Gellso A Fixture

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    I used the Andrea flesh set but thought the results were too cartoony.
  16. cdown67 New Member

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    sadly ...that said, they are much better than my own mixtures...i am trying to compensate for my complete lack of artistic sensibility...i am having a great, one step at a time.
    haha...
  17. cdown67 New Member

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    ..having a great time...one step at a time
  18. housecarl A Fixture

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    That's part of the fun Craig. Trial and error.
    Carl.:)
  19. mertenspeter Member

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    Hi Craig,

    I would also like to switch from oil to acrylic because I think that the paint drys verry fast so i dont have to wait so long to continu plus that the acrylic gifs a verry flat finisch. At an exhibition I have bought these, on the advice of a friend, because this set (8pcs) were deeper shadows.
    I have not tried, I always set it off :eek:


    http://www.acrylicosvallejo.com/gb/model-color-gb.html#

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  20. frank h Well-Known Member

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    England
    Hi Craig
    Your skin tone looks very good so far
    I have never used the Andrea skin tone pack
    prefering to mix my own skin tones

    A skin tone is basicly red yellow and white

    more or less of any of the components will result in variations
    that can be used to good effect... lightening or darkening

    keeping your paint thin will allow for experimentation
    and also allow you to cover up mistakes that will happen

    a wet pallete is very useful for keeping paint open sometimes for days

    Hope this is of some help to you

    Frank

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