Sara, you have quite a talent with the lighting- the bane of my existence. The moonlight sets the scene and creates a lovely atmosphere. The only thing that bothers me a little bit is that I feel the boy's facial features are a little too light. He has such a wonderful expression that it is a shame not to be able to see it very well. Just a tad darker in the mouth and nose- possibly the eyelashes- and I think this image will be perfect.
I solved the paper wrinkles issue a few years back.I buy different sized canvas boards (you know the ones you use for acrylic paintings?) and cut them down to just slightly larger than half sheet and quarter sheet sizes.Then I have those monster paper clips, the ones with the folding handles. I soak my paper (after I sketch in the pencil lines) and stretch the paper and clip it to the board. I takes several times round to stretch as the fibers of the paper absorb the water. Then if I am doing a wet wash background I do it while the paper is still damp. After that I set aside until it is totally dry and start my color washes and final painting then.There is hardly a buckle when I do it this way. And if there for some reason is, I use a spray bottle and dampen the back side of the finished painting and place it between two of my mounting boards with a piece of clean white flannel on the painted side. I pile up my art reference books on top of the sandwiched boards and let it sit over night (no clips). By morning the weight of the books has smoothed the paper out so I can get a clean scan.HTH.I love this painting. A definite portfolio piece. Great job.
i think it turned out wonderful! The lighting from the window is just perfect!
Hey! You did a great job with this! I love how you conveyed night time with those colors! The only thing I would have said that concerned me from the previous color thing you did was the lack of any pictures in the frames in the hallway - but you did a great job with that as well! They're just there enough that you register it, without it distracting from the subject matter.And I like how the faces are a little more lit than the rest of their bodies...it draws your eye in to them.
Perfect and beautiful! I love all of the finishing details you've put in, like the pattern on the toy box, the shimmer in the stars, the hall rug pattern, etc. This will be a great piece for the portfolio!
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