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bdtex

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I've spent a wonderful morning scrolling through this thread that began almost 6 years ago. @Bob171 You haven't posted a picture of any of your work since February. Have you done any since then that you particularly like? Would love to see them.
 
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byron ed

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Hello Group,I am a novice painter who is interested in exploring military themes through paining. The American Civil War is a subject that holds great interest with me and I would like so share some of my work with this group. All feedback and suggestions are welcome.The following subject came from a Union camp photo.Bob
Bob it seems you're well on your way. The appeal of your work here is its impressionistic, "painterly" appearance - the fresh look of dried watercolor wash that hasn't been fussed over. Watercolor is a good choice as opposed to more staid mediums like oil or acrylic, where fussing can kill an image, or photography, where impressionistic possibilities are very limited

So imho your work here stands on its own. However -- and there's always a however -- it's possible to hold on to that freshness while becoming more skilled at proportion. A couple of these have bit awkward facial proportions (re: Union camp wife, Union camp soldier) while others are spot-on, with a lot of personality. If you see that as an inconsistency as well, there are ways to develop a default sense of human proportion. At the low end a basic book of figure drawing that covers facial formulas, and at the high end a figure drawing class (though not a nude one if faces and heads are your focus).
 
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Bob171

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Bob it seems you're well on your way...
Hello and thank you for the constructive criticism. I plan on improving my skills in the proportion department. As you have noticed some of my work is not spot-on. I will keep working at it and will always appreciate feedback that helps me become a better artist.
 
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