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July 10, 2013
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No longer a tea party by SamanthaJordaan No longer a tea party by SamanthaJordaan
Charcoal on fabriano
Size - 120cms/85cms
Commission complete. Yey! :)
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Sam!! It looks amazing so far! I honestly do not know what you were worried about, but I can understand the struggle, because the detail and expression is immaculate. It is full of perfect, mesmerizing textures of any and every kind. From the fabric in the hatter’s scuffled shoulder pads to the tightly wrinkled, wet tunic on the female figure. I love this, and I can see where you not just improved upon the last one but you took it to a new place. I think each composition stands on it’s own merit.

Also the background being slightly blurred, brings a lot of focus to the characters, creates depth and is even an improvement from last composition.

Also, might I add the chemistry between these two characters is always well done, excellently thought out and executed with care and precision. I will say the last version had great expression and interaction, but this one takes it to a new realm of emotions. In the last, they both seemed thrilled, happy, it is a good feeling. However, here you have changed the story a bit, or taken it further, like a new chapter. Looks to me almost as if you are imbuing a bit more humor, sort of sneaking a kiss and her surprised expression. It makes me laugh!

Suggestions: I see that you are still working on the hair, so I will not comment on that, as it is unfinished. Comparing the old to the new, I noticed the fabric in the hatter’s arm/shoulder, seem to be somewhat different in texture. If you look at the old, the texture seems to be more focused (can’t really think of a good word for it) I do not know if that is necessarily a bad thing. It really just depends on what you want. If you are confused perhaps I can better explain.

Only one more thing that is sort of big, and probably most important. I feel like the glasses in the female’s right hand don’t really stand out from the background quite as much. Although, it could just be the photograph. I notice on that side of the paper it is a bit more yellow, and blurred. Perhaps the camera is just out of focus on the left side of the paper, but you will have to look at the glasses in person to really get a feel for if it needs attention. With the photograph that I see, I believe the wine glasses could stand out a little more from the ocean behind her.

Perhaps if you are unsure, you could take a second picture, focusing the camera on the left of the paper, so I can see that part in more detail, but I’m sure you can judge for yourself if you look closely at the actual drawing.

Lastly, I just wanted to comment one more time… This is fantastic! They are going to love it! It seems like most of the works I struggle with most end up being my greatest triumphs. That struggle is important in being successful. I think you should pat yourself on the back and get ready for one more round to finish this up, then take a deep sigh of relief once it’s over.

Also it should be noted that I do not like the rating system on the side. I don’t think a drawing should be rated as a 1 to 5 star system. Therefore I am giving perfect scores because I feel it is irrelevant to rate artwork. Just wanted to note that.
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Scribe1969 Sep 15, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Love the subject, love the image, love the drawing its fantastic. Great style, wonderful expressions you have real skill.
SamanthaJordaan Sep 15, 2013   Traditional Artist
Thank you very much:D
TristanH1 Aug 9, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Beautiful work Sam, this drawing is fantastic, I love the expression on her face and the beautiful soft blending.
SamanthaJordaan Aug 10, 2013   Traditional Artist
Thank you so very much:hug:
TristanH1 Aug 11, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're welcome. I hope all is well with you.
SamanthaJordaan Aug 11, 2013   Traditional Artist
Thank you. :hug: Yes I had a challenge but all is well. Kyles rubber ball idea is cool. :D
philippeL Aug 9, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Such a wonderful portrait!!! Great moment!
SamanthaJordaan Aug 10, 2013   Traditional Artist
Thank you! ! :happybounce:
McFlyky Aug 9, 2013   Traditional Artist
Sam it looks absolutely beautiful. If I lived closer and had the money I would buy this from you in a heartbeat.
SamanthaJordaan Aug 10, 2013   Traditional Artist
Thanks my friend. And likewise, no way, it would be a gift;)
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