My first ever self portrait! I’ve never painted people before, so suggestions for moving forward are most welcome!

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liveadventurously

Omg, you have a natural gift! Watch some watercolor youtube videos. They can help with learning some techniques that are specific to watercolor.


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HideousTits

Thank you!


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Jupiters_Moonz

If you get a white pen, you could add little touches of white in the eyes and hair that would give a more textured look


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rhet17

Just what I was going to say. I think OP did a great job capturing her (own) spirit and to me that's the main part of a painting -- this exudes character... I love it!


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HideousTits

Yeah, I kinda started the portrait before thinking about the fact I’d have to paint my crazy hair! I think if I tried again I’d try to do something more realistic and definitely highlight or use masking fluid. Cheers!


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curiouspurple100

Eyes yes. But hair i love it as is.


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HeadCrusher

So great. Keep up the good work. There are tons of interesting videos on YouTube, but please lean into your own natural style. You really have a great eye/approach..


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HideousTits

Cheers! I’ve not ventured into the world of YouTube tutorials yet... but yeah... for portraits it might be an idea


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applebubbeline

It's really hard to show dimension with watercolor like you did with the hair, and the shading is very logical. It looks like you're outside on a sunny day.


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HideousTits

I was! Sat on my back doorstep squinting a bit into the sun. I’m pleased I captured a bit of that.


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yellowblahblah

This is great, well done! I have no tips, you are way beyond my abilities haha


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HideousTits

Ah, thank you so much. Just keep going! I started in jan and can already see massive progress.


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jamesync

This is so expressive, and the contrast in color intensity and value is really nice. A fun thing moving forward could be to play around with color theory?


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HideousTits

Hey! I’ve not heard of colour theory. I shall definitely be checking it out. Thank you!


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gingerkitten6

The curly hair looks especially great!


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HideousTits

Cheers! I actually kinda smashed that out at the end without too much thought. Didn’t think ahead about painting hair! It’s the main thing I want to practice for my second self portrait. And there’s loads I would do differently next time!


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fdgery

Well done! You did great with facial proportions - lots of people struggle with that when beginning. I would suggest using a bit more color (like cool colors) for the shadows, which will make it really pop.


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HideousTits

Thanks for the tips! I was thinking more colour in the flesh might be a way to go. It feels so extreme when adding shadows I got fearful of going too bold!


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PastelLover2021

Cool!


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HideousTits

Ta


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eatcitrus

For most eyes in a neutral position, the entire circle of the iris is not fully visible and is covered by the eyelid like on the house-left eye.


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HideousTits

Thank you. I really appreciate the constructive criticism. I’m not very happy with a lot of aspects of the eyes- the points you made being some of them. I need to practice! Maybe some eye studies. This painting definitely highlighted areas of my painting to improve for me! Which was the idea of pushing myself into unfamiliar territory I guess.


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stillfindingmyvoice

I just love watercolor and this is a beautiful self portrait. I especially love the way you painted your hair, and your ability to detail the separation, curl and body of the hair.


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Hopeful-Idea0530

Keep painting! You’ve got a gift.


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HideousTits

That’s so nice. Thank you.


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TiredOldGit

Do more. I’m hopeless at suggestions as to how you improve, but I really like your first ‘person’.


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HideousTits

Cheers!


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kenz_i_

You have that natural gift that I just don’t have


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supimlyric

It's very beautiful. Keep it up and refine your skills, you have a great style, with tons of unique potential that I definitely want to see more of. ^


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sulmcr

Natural born artist! That looks great.


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LanaDelYay_

Cute!


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bkay97

Wow, very clean brush strokes. Makes me very envious of your skill!


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Goldie-96_MWR

Looks great, keep it up


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slutinamorgue

Wow I love it! Gorgeous and has a lot of personality!


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alveriaz

that's wonderful I love it, but there's still lack in the eye


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HideousTits

Yeah. I definitely need to have another go at eyes! You don’t realise how complex they are until you actually try and paint one eh?! Cheers!


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peaweav

You are looking well Ms. Frizzle!


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HideousTits

I had to google who this is because I’d never heard of her (I’m in the UK), and this made me laugh!


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DrakulaBambaataa

I love it!


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apatheticBird

i like the hair a lot! i've tried doing self portraits and when it got to my hair (quite a curly afro-like mess) i haven't been able to get as good looking. this inspires me to try again haha 😊 ❣️


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xenrino

For your first you definitely did better than my attempt! Good job and keep at it, learning through experimenting is probably the best way to learn.


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HideousTits

Thank you! Yeah, I’m definitely gonna have a go at some more figurative stuff. Brand new area for me so it’s exciting! I’m keen to hone my skills, but also develop my style!


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Wanderlust1101

🥰😍😘🤗❤️ Love!


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curiouspurple100

That looks amazing. :o


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Ok_Possibility_865

I am very new at painting so I do not have any suggestions. Just wanted to say that I love it!


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HideousTits

Thank you! It’s exciting starting out eh? I’m amazed how hard I fell for watercolours when I started. And honestly, if you paint frequently (I get a bit in most days), and push yourself out of your comfort zone on occasion, you will progress in your skill quickly! Trust me, I started out making abstract looking clouds in January and am really happy with what I’ve figured out since. Keep painting!!


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G0D_W33N_SATAN

Great job, i want to do portraits, but i am too chicken shit to try.


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HideousTits

Cheers. Just give it a go Satan. I found it really exciting to do something I never normally do. Nice challenge ya know? Plus, if it’s pure dogshit you never have to show anyone eh?


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Adventurous_Problem

I had Miss Frizzle vibes and I love it! The hair has lots of movement to it and is really fun to look at.


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MRORANGEJUICE9

That's really good for someone who has never painted before👍👍👍


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HideousTits

Oh no, don’t get me wrong, I started painting in January, but this is my first attempt at a person! I don’t normally do realistic looking stuff- more stylised.


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Mother_Mixture_4118

Is simply fantastic. I'm tellin you if I could paint a portrait half as well as you I would be thrilled. It's just so cute. The HAIR? How did you learn to do hair? I just love it all. But the best is the glasses and how you made them show a slight reflection. Some bits of white here and there will highlight the eyes and maybe teensy weensy in your hair. I think its glorious for a first time portrait. Thanks for sharing with us. But your username is something I would pick. Lol


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HideousTits

Thank you so much! It made me smile to read your kind words. I am yet to attempt a second version as a traumatic event has currently knocked all creative drive out of me. I know it will return, and when it does I’ll continue my painting journey I’m sure. Thanks again for your lovely comment!


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HideousTits

Yep, it’s a pretty accurate painting, if I do say so myself.