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What’s your critique on these paintings?

Asked by rockfan (9708points) April 15th, 2018 from iPhone

I saw these paintings on Reddit and everyone is raving about them in the comment section, which I think is surprising. These two paintings have a very unsettling tone to them in my opinion, mainly because of the mix of bright garish colors with realistic skin tones. Your thoughts?

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janbb's avatar

Skillful work but not my cup of tea at all. Far too bright and garish for my taste and the second one looks like the black velvet paintings you used to see. But everyone’s taste is different.

ragingloli's avatar

These scream “traced from photographs”.

rockfan's avatar


That’s exactly what I thought, especially the first one

rockfan's avatar

Although to be fair, the first painting was meant to be a gift for a child.

ragingloli's avatar

I mean, he even painted in the camera flash in the second one. Which means he doesn’t understand where the light comes from.

Zaku's avatar

Don’t people on Reddit generally rave about paintings if they don’t think they could do it themselves, and get excited about paintings that copy photographs?

My impression is:

* they have the technique to copy a photograph using paint
* the second one is about someone liking that girl’s face, and not much else
* the first one is cute and I’m sure is a beloved family picture/gift, but artistically I’m not sure what it would add over the photograph

stanleybmanly's avatar

I agree that they were done “with a heavy hand”.

LornaLove's avatar

They look like photographs that have been put through a poster effect on PicMonkey.

RedDeerGuy1's avatar

They both looks like a photo to me. Nice .

Dutchess_III's avatar

My mom painted a portrait once. Her client provided a picture of his daughter holding a huge array of flowers and she painted if from that. I did’t really care for it. People are hard to paint.

gondwanalon's avatar

I like them.

A talented artist painted those paintings. Sure they look like photographs. They were likely generated from photographs. Nevertheless they’re very well done.

CWOTUS's avatar

Well, of course they’re painted from photographs. How else would those images have been captured in the first place? Does anyone realistically believe that a child of that age could hold a pose like that – and facial expression – long enough to capture the image by hand? And the second image, of a highly made-up young woman in the evening, is of a girl who is more interested in getting on with her evening than she is in posing.

Painted from photos. Big deal. What’s the complaint? I couldn’t have colorized B&W photos that well. Kudos to the artist – and to the photographer/s.

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