Saturday, May 21, 2011

Students Handsome Niece and Nephew

"Nope"... this isn't the reference photo but the painted portrait work of student Andrea Imondi of Helendale, Ca. Andrea has a discreet eye for detail which is what ultimately made this piece so successful. Putting a dark background behind these bright faces made them extra important within the overall image. Andrea also took 'artist liberties' by altering the color and value of her nephews pullover which was in reality a lighter value grey. The dark blue color and value better balance next to his sisters green mid value jacket... but she held the upper edges which somewhat frame his face pretty much the same as the original and that worked to his benefit as well. I am constantly encouraging students to change colors, values, etc if it makes the end result image more engaging. YEAH Andrea!!!

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