Kept watching Waterhouse masterclass (18min). One of the very good things about the masterclasses is that even if you’re familiar with the artist, you discover new amazing paintings that you haven’t seen before. As well as finding details and gaining compositional understanding of ones you already thought you knew rather well.
These are so good and contain so much inspiration and valuable lessons that they really could – and should – be watched from the start once they’re finished.
Thanks a lot for your feedback, Marjan and Marty. This one is post-adjusted and done, but you are both absolutely right, that “high contrast hair” does distract. I will keep that in mind for the next one. Probably would be a good rule-of-thumb to always soften hair edges, as the focal point tends to be the features.
Great reminder, I remember James Gurney talked about this in one of his books – “soften all edges that don’t have to be hard” on a painting. But obviously, I forgot it here. Believe I pushed the contrast some in the post-adjustment process as well.