My First Painting

I’ve never really tried anything 2D until now, so I made this. I know it’s not great, but can you at least tell who it is?


This was painted closely over a reference image, to get the shape right.

I can see that it’s Abraham Lincoln, but the beard and lower face seem odd, asymmetrical if you will. I don’t think his beard growth would be that uneven unless he intentionally cut it that way.

Also, about painting over photos, I advise you don’t do it. There’s no shame in looking at a reference image as you work, but if you paint over it, you’re just tracing and not learning much.

Btw, congratulations on wanting to learn painting, I’m on that road myself. Hope to see more work.

Cheers and God bless.

Thanks for the critique. About the reference, I don’t think I was very clear in my wording. When working, I traced out the shape of the face first, in lines, and then painted over that.