Jonah

by Carol R Newman
(United Kingdom)

Jonah

Jonah

This portrait of my nephew, Jonah, is done with Unison soft pastels and Conte pastel pencils for the small detail. It is painted on cartridge paper and the size is approximately 8" x 10".


Jonah has the most beautiful eyes I've ever seen. They are huge and dark brown and he knows how to use them, although he is not yet three years old.
I wanted to capture the beauty of his face and those gorgeous eyes.

The eyes were the most challenging feature of this portrait and I failed to capture the beauty within.

I am most pleased with the hair and the highlights within the hair colour. The range of shades in brown hair is quite amazing when one takes the trouble to really look closely.

I tried so hard to capture the eyes and the soul reflected within, I don't quite know what I could have done or would do differently. I will certainly try again in the near future,

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Thank you all
by: Carol R Newman

Thank you so much for all the kind comments and encouraging suggestions I have received. I will certainly act on the advice given to me and so look to improve my painting in future. It is great to be part of such a collaborative and supportive family.

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Jonah
by: Mops

Beautiful portrait.....perfect hair.Maybe the eyes are a little too dark so they tend to stare.A stronger glint would really make a difference I think.
Love it!
Mops

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jonah
by: betty

i think the portait of your nephew is very good i realy think his eyes are good

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Jonah
by: Mary Fraser

Wow ..... pleased don't be so hard on yourself . I have a daughter with those kind of eyes ..she can't even close her eye lids completly when she sleeps . When she was small she too was all eyes . You have inspired me to paint her.

I have found with art , that sometimes we have to do things that aren't exactly true to the subject to capture that special something . I would reduce the size of the pupil and put the highlights in the brown or to one side of the pupil . Highlights are where the eye captures and reflecs direct light and I have noticed are not always there or even in both eyes .

I'm 65 and have only been expoloring my creativity for 11 months ...I work daily for 4-8 hrs (retirement and adult kids is great)

I'm saving this painting .

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Eyes Right
by: Anonymous

Excellent painting!

Eyes can be difficult to align and paint in a way that makes them come alive. Borrow from the comic book artists (to a certain extent).

I think if you lighten the tone of the iris a bit, and make more contrast between the eye glint (the little flash of reflected light) and the pupil (the black hole-I think physicists borrowed that concept from the eyeball) you'll get the results you want.

Check out some mascara ads. More often than not nowadays, advertisers cheat and paint the eyes in. Sometimes photographs don't capture eyes the way we'd like. So we have to reconstruct the eye to our liking.

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jONAH
by: Dorothy, Cambs

A very appealing portrait, I admire the soft look you have acheived, I wish I could get skin to look like that!

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