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Scott_A._Breaux
10-22-2007, 08:40 PM
Here is a portrait of a local artist taken minutes before an exhibition. Is either of these worth considering for my first print competition. Please be brutal, I am one that LEARNS MORE from Harsher Criticism.
http://www.scottabreaux.com/pem_BW.jpg http://www.scottabreaux.com/pem_colour.jpg

Thanks for any critiques,

Scott A. Breaux

Linda_Gregory
10-22-2007, 08:43 PM
Scott,

I love this but since you won't be able to explain the off the cuff grabshot, I feel the glass glare will hurt you. I'll let others post about other items and possibly you can take care of the glare in photoshop and look natural.

good luck and have fun!

Don_Chick
10-22-2007, 11:45 PM
Is either of these worth considering for my first print competition. Scott A. Breaux

Scott,

Absolutely, enter the image. Entering images is an exciting experience and worth the effort. I can't guarantee that you'll merit but no matter what you score (as long as it hangs) you have an award winning image that you can use to market your studio.

Don_Chick
10-22-2007, 11:52 PM
Scott,

Can you get the Artist into your studio for another session? You have tremendous potential with this subject...

Your image posted here has some elements about it that will make it difficult to merit. The lightest part of the image is the top of the hat. The second is his beard. What is your center of interest? I would suggest that it's his face (eyes first). Because of these bright areas the viewers attention is drawn away from (what I believe is) the center of interest. You also have a black background, with no detail/interest and a busy pattern on his shirt.

If you could get him into your studio wearing the appropriate clothing and light him in a dramatic way.. you could easily have a merit image.

Mark_Levesque
10-23-2007, 12:13 AM
You have tremendous potential with this subject...
This is the from the master of the "bearded guy with a hat" merit print. :D

Dan_Leary
10-23-2007, 12:54 AM
This is the from the master of the "bearded guy with a hat" merit print. :D

ROTFLMAO...

Mark_Levesque
10-23-2007, 01:54 AM
I wasn't kidding. He really is.

Dan_Leary
10-23-2007, 02:17 AM
I wasn't kidding. He really is.

I know Don's work well... that's what makes it so funny.

Scott_A._Breaux
10-23-2007, 04:59 PM
Thanks for all of the input. I have spoken with the subject and we will try to get together for a full session when the exhibition is over. In the meantime, though I started playing with the image in Painter and I think I like it more than the original.
http://www.scottabreaux.com/pem_paint.jpg

D._Craig_Flory
10-23-2007, 05:39 PM
Hi Scott;

When you do get together for another session, I'd go low key. Make sure you don't blow out all of the beard detail. Go through the PPA Loan Books and look at classic portraits of men with full beards.