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Dodging a Bullet by Sketch-Zap Dodging a Bullet by Sketch-Zap
So this is my self-portrait from Art class. It is in oil.
Personally I wish it were better, but I'm never quite satisfied with anything I make. I always notice something wrong. Then again, this is about.... either the third or fourth serious self portrait I've ever done, first one in oil. I've worked with oils before though, so at least I had that while making it.
I don't like the earring. It was supposed to emphasize the gravity of the picture, but I had troubles with it and it ended up just being a distraction. This thing also needs more texture, better contrast, and such.
It also should have been more creative. The pose is boring. The background barely suffices.
This was hard for me to do because I don't like painting or drawing myself. There are so many other things out there that have more... what is it... je ne sais quoi. I was excited for this, but I never really liked looking at myself in the mirror, and unfortunately that's what you do with self portraits.

Please critique! I need to get much better at all this, so please please please help me learn.
Don't steal this please. You'd basically be stealing my face, which I of all people have obvious rights to it. Please don't make me put the watermark on there.
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Calicara Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2013  Student Writer
You are amazing as always :)
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Sketch-Zap Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ahaha thanks. Now you know what I look like! (With a hat)
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faungi Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
WOW! This is really, really good, and although you probably think it doesn't seem good, i understand, but WOW! I really love the shading and the lighting, at first i thought this was a portrait of a singer of some kind, but then i realized it was you! :D you look awesome!!
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Sketch-Zap Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Aw, thanks! I put a hecka lot of work into it, I'm happy you like it.
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Firetiger215 Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2013  Student Digital Artist
This is amazing! Your so cute and pretty! OMG >u<

We have never done an oil painting before so our critique wouldn't be much of help ;w;. You did a superb job as far as we can tell.
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Sketch-Zap Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you!! HAha someone else said this was cute too.
Oil painting isn't terribly hard one you understand how to work it. I've done i tfor awhile, so I'm familiar with it.
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Firetiger215 Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Welcomed! Hehe cause it is~. Maybe we will try it someday :). Any tips we should know as a beginner?
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Sketch-Zap Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Use layers with your turpentine. Go thin to think, and don't paint straight on the white. Make a monochromatic brown painting underneath it first.
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Firetiger215 Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2013  Student Digital Artist
*takes notes* :nod: mhmm mhmm okay. Gotcha :D. I remember someone telling us that before with painting...Make a monochromatic brown first.
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Sketch-Zap Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yeah it really helps. You don't have to worry about where everything is then once you start coloring.
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