I am new to acrylic, and painting in general. I have been doing a study on skulls, mostly drawing and decided to try this and am a little stuck and it's seeming lackluster. I have a hard time getting constructive information when it comes to the things I try to do, as most of what I get is "i think it looks good" and not much suggestion on how to better something.. and thus I am feeling stuck and was hoping some of you who know a thing or two would take a moment to give some feedback. it is unfinished yet, but there's something about it that has me at a stand still and I dont know what it is.
I appreciate your time :)
Looks great! Brilliant details!
I used to draw a lot of skulls.
I think the inside of the nose should be as dark as the background . To get more volume and deepness, the eyes should be darker too, Is that acrylic on paper or canvas and what size?
Do you have more works like this one?
it looks like a photograph which shows you possess great skill. As someone else commented the eyes and nose need to be darker to gain more perspective of background and foreground within the face.
Thank you all for your feedback! I've been able to finish it and am happier with the result. I wish I could have gotten more depth to the eyes but I struggles with either 2 dar or 2 light, so I got it to a point where it didn't look terrible and kept it at that. I do have a hard time watering down acrylic for some reason so I seem to paint thicker than most. Never took any classes on fundamentals so I have just been making it up as I go. I lightened up the background some, adding red to help deepen the nose as suggested, I think the angle and lighting of the original picture also made it seem lighter than it was. Learned a lot with this one, I was trying to achieve a dramatic lighting change but struggled a bit but overall I am happy with it. In response to the size this is a 16x20 on canvas paper. Here's my finished piece.. thank all for the responses I appreciate it
Don't worry about thickness. Actually people love paintings with texture. Too smooth surface looks like a print. " I lightened up the background some, adding red to help deepen the nose as suggested"Yes, that works, but you shouldn't have to.The background should be deep because it is background.Red brings it closer and weak.I would suggest blue into the nose and eyes
Cold blue into the black makes black looks darker and strong.
Here is an example about how powerful the blue on black is:
The whole element looks stronger then the other which doesn't have blue. http://www.artyou.com/item/1006
I think it looks great, plenty of detail and I like how theres not much colour on it, however the little bit of red does brighten it up a bit. Great job.
Beautiful skull painting. I think you should try to make the eye holes a little bit more dark. But I think it's great and you've got talent for making a detailed painting.Best regardsKamilla Ruus
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I had no idea about this blue trick! I tried it with some of my colored pencil attempts. Thank you for that info and thank you all for the great feedback :)
For someone who never painted, it's fantastic.
Here's a suggestion: The stark white and black tones make it a little lifeless. OK it's a skull but a glaze of a yellow-ish tone would give it a lot more life. I would use yellow ochre and a matt medium and mix up a light glaze. If you don't like it, you can wipe it right off. I'll bet you will like it a lot. At first I didn't know if you were intentionally working in white and black but when I saw the completed one and the color bkg, I realized you were working in color.