EASEL OF Michael Rea
I am open to critique
I WOULD LIKE HELP WITH
All crits appreciated! I think I seem to consider things 'finished' at a much earlier stage than some other artists here - I really enjoy working in pencil more than paints, and like the spontaneity of loose lines and the power of negative space, so things end up a little minimal. Am I leaving my pictures too soon?
Love the variety of styles and mediums! The paintings do feel a bit unfinished. It may be due to the edges and strokes not following the form enough and textures being in the wrong place. Maybe doing some Sargent studies can help build that minimalist feel yet still feel refined.
As for the portrait drawing, maybe using more variety in the thickness of your lines and values in the hair can make it look cleaner. Great job overall, keep up the great effort!
Thanks a lot for the comment! Really helpful about the edges – now I revisit the pics I can see there’s an uncertainty or an unwillingness to commit to a clear edge that could definitely be improved.
Quite right about the need for more variety in line thickness too – I’d added a little extra thickness at the very end to the curve of Billie Holiday’s collar, and that made that line sing – I’ll look out for more opportunities for that in the future. Thanks!