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- comfort zone 2

By PatriciaWilson      
Out of my comfort zone looking for my style.
As yesterday, all comments appreciated. Not looking for votes, just opinions if you have time. Thanks for lookingSmile

V2 What I don't like, over processed skin etc..

V3 My normal style that I'm trying to break away from.

Tags: General Digitally manipulated Portraits and people

Voters: ChrisBilton, CarolG, jaktis and 18 more

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29 Jan 2010 5:52AM
marvelous painterly effect

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CarolG Plus
9 196 19 Greece
29 Jan 2010 6:37AM
Has to be V.3 for me, Patricia. Sorry, but there's something about V.1 that just doesn't appeal to me at all. Carol
jaktis Plus
12 84 Sweden
29 Jan 2010 6:44AM
As with yesterday, they have a scary effect almost like from a horror movie. I prefer V1 before V2. They are very well done but V3 is a more easy going picture

User_Removed 10 398 6 United Kingdom
29 Jan 2010 9:11AM
the thumbnail looked good on V1 - thought similar to Delone - but dissapointed when opened pushed a tad too far - could work though if you pull the reins in abit.
User_Removed 13 39 6 Scotland
29 Jan 2010 10:32AM
This one does have a more oil paint like finish heading in the direction of some of the old masters. The expression on the kids face is less "scarey" than last upload so will find a broader audience, at least on here where as know many viewers do not like to be faced with the darker side of life. As a personal work in progress your heading in the right direction Pat and with a few refinements here and there you will be rewarded with photos that you will be very satisfied with and individual. xx
29 Jan 2010 1:00PM
Thanks each and everyone. Really value the true crit. It's helping me to analyse what I'm actually looking for in a change of style.

I know it takes a bit of courage to be negative in a constructive way, so I'm doubly appreciative.
TheWanderer 7 20 2 United Kingdom
29 Jan 2010 1:30PM
It kind of has that Jill Greenburg look.
29 Jan 2010 3:32PM
Thanks. I do actually like Jill Greenberg's work, but not sure that I want to go for that saturated silk look.
BlueRoom 10 73 20 United Kingdom
29 Jan 2010 4:23PM
While I can see what you are trying to avoid in V2, I can't believe that the the sort of processing you have applied in V1 is the way to go, resulting as it does, in that terrifying Lucien Freud sort of look. I think the pose and expression you have captured here on it's own sets the image apart from the style you want to leave behind, and perhaps that's the way to go, along with a less exaggerated form of processing.
Can't help loving V3, though I know that's not what you want to hear.

29 Jan 2010 4:35PM
Thanks Eric! Made me laugh, as V3 is exactly what I do and, lets face it, it's quite 'just a reasonable photo'.

Now I actually love V1, but feel I can find something else... not sure what exactly, to develop my style into.

I don't know what I'm talking about, and I don't know what I'm looking for either; but I'm hoping the comments will influence me in some way because I'm rather stuck at the moment:-P
chase Plus
11 1.1k 246 England
29 Jan 2010 5:59PM
Almost a 'comic book' look to V1 Patricia which looks a little strange with the lips & eyes so pronounced against the softer skin.Perhaps a gentle blend of V1 & V2 would be the answer,particularly as your subject is a very young child.IMHO the processing you have applied to V1 does make the subject seem very 'old' & somewhat harsh to view.

V3 is so very natural,love the happy expression & the low angle.
Good for you trying new stuff,always a challenge & sometimes very frustrating.
29 Jan 2010 6:20PM
I so apreciate this kind of blunt critique. Thanks Chase, and everyone.
I'll move over to adult images tomorrow and look forward to any input at all.
I've a deadline to attend to so
thanks again, and goodnight from Crete.
banehawi Plus
12 1.5k 3534 Canada
29 Jan 2010 8:43PM
I think that someplace between V1 and V2 is where you should be. V1 might be just a tad ott, - but its a nice style that can work.

cameragirl 12 43 United Kingdom
29 Jan 2010 11:29PM
Great images but fave is V3!

(Agree with banehawi - somewhere between V1 and 2 would be good)
TamJ 9 1 United Kingdom
31 Jan 2010 12:30AM
Love the way you're taking this - I really like the way it's a slightly "darker" child portrait than the norm and this makes it really interesting. v1 is definitely better than v2, I think personally I would have kept slightly more detail in the face (I love the way you've emphasised the main features) but it's important to keep that somewhat ethereal finish to it as well so it's a difficult balance to make. And also, I have to say, v1 if far more the interesting picture than v3 so definitely keep going with it!! Smile
31 Jan 2010 4:48AM
Tam thank you! I apreciate it's not quite right in as far as the look I'm trying to get.
(Usually) we tend to portray kids as Happy-Smiley People, because we love them. But in real life they are mostly curious, confused and often scared of the smallest things, and although I'm going slightly surreal in style, I wanted to portray the real feelings.
I've a long way to go yet, I think.
Thanks again.
kitsch 10 439 4 United Kingdom
2 Feb 2010 7:07PM
you are getting there though aren't you...
i absolutely love V1 it has great style & plenty of impact!
(also like V3 though lol)

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