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Old 03-04-2013, 01:33 PM
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Artist praised for her 'warm' portrait of Duchess of Cambridge after official one was slammed as 'rotten'... and now she plans to show Kate her work
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She is one of the world's most beautiful and recognisable women, so painting an accurate portrait of the Duchess of Cambridge will never be easy. But one woman has been praised for her 'warm' portrait of Kate - weeks after the official one was slammed by critics. Artist Norren Denzil, 47, was inspired to paint her own picture of the former Kate Middleton after the official portrait by Paul Emsley was branded 'rotten' and 'unflattering'.
I wasn't very fond of Emsley portrait but, in my opinion, this "warm" portrait is way worse.
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Old 03-04-2013, 01:45 PM
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Oh good! It's not just me, I didn't like this portrait either.
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Old 03-04-2013, 01:47 PM
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All I see is art. Many members of the royal family have had very interesting portraits painted of them.
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Old 03-04-2013, 01:51 PM
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That portrait is awful, both were and are really awful. How come they're so called professinal artists if they can't even paint a beautiful portrait of Catherine?
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Old 03-04-2013, 02:05 PM
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I actually like the portrait. I never understood what the big deal was. Even if you don't like it why spew hatred for the artist for like a month or two free wards like all the newspapers did. I felt bad for the artist. It was uncalled for to me.
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Old 03-04-2013, 04:36 PM
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This portrait also isn't the best - better than I could do, but not what I'd expect for an "official" portrait.
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Old 03-04-2013, 04:45 PM
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Both portraits are ugly.
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Old 03-04-2013, 04:50 PM
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CHocolate box style - prefer the official portrait.
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Old 03-04-2013, 06:25 PM
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I preferred the first portrait to this one.
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Old 03-04-2013, 06:52 PM
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I preferred the first portrait to this one.
I'm not really a fan of either one of them to be honest. Now I wonder if the next one will come from the school of Picasso. The second portrait really did seem to age Kate a lot and made her face and neck look like she has too much loose skin.
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Old 03-04-2013, 06:56 PM
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I like them both. To me art is art. I don't go beyond it and look for meanings
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Old 03-04-2013, 07:05 PM
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I like them both. To me art is art. I don't go beyond it and look for meanings
Ditto. We don't know what either artist saw as their light.
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Old 03-04-2013, 07:12 PM
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This portrait also isn't the best - better than I could do, but not what I'd expect for an "official" portrait.
the 2nd one isnt an offical portrait - its someone using the DM to pitch for business
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Old 03-04-2013, 08:08 PM
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Oh Gawd!
Lines wrinkles ,she looks OLD in this one....Kate is a beautiful lady,can't they get it RIGHT?
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Old 03-04-2013, 08:17 PM
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The second portrait reminds me of the sketches of a courtroom during a trial. The ones I've seen on the news look like that. Not a good portrayal, in my opinion.
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I honestly kind of like that both of the portraits showed the Duchess as a real woman, who does have some lines on her face and some character. We get so used to seeing incredibly airbrushed and idealized depictions of women that sometimes it's a bit shocking to see something a little more realistic. To me, in both of the portraits, Kate still looks beautiful, but she also doesn't look like a glamour model and I think that's the right approach.

I think sometimes that it must be difficult to portray a young and beautiful woman in a realistic way for portraits.
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Old 03-04-2013, 10:02 PM
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I actually like the portrait. I never understood what the big deal was. Even if you don't like it why spew hatred for the artist for like a month or two free wards like all the newspapers did. I felt bad for the artist. It was uncalled for to me.
I agree that it all became a bit much.

Portraits are tough to get right, very tough. If you want an actual likeness, you must resort to photography. Period.
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I honestly kind of like that both of the portraits showed the Duchess as a real woman, who does have some lines on her face and some character. We get so used to seeing incredibly airbrushed and idealized depictions of women that sometimes it's a bit shocking to see something a little more realistic. To me, in both of the portraits, Kate still looks beautiful, but she also doesn't look like a glamour model and I think that's the right approach.

I think sometimes that it must be difficult to portray a young and beautiful woman in a realistic way for portraits.
I absolutely agree with this and people should accept that this is Kate portrayed closer to her realistic, unairbrushed self. We've become so accustomed to photoshopped pictures nowadays that to see the real deal can be startling, to say the least. I find this, as well as the official portrait, to depict Kate as she naturally is, lines and all, just like us mere humans! That being said, I prefer the official portrait to the second one.
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Old 03-04-2013, 11:03 PM
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Had another look at second image. It looks like those pastelle drawings you can sit for at many a craft market or at the Sydney Royal Easter Show.
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Old 03-04-2013, 11:22 PM
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I honestly kind of like that both of the portraits showed the Duchess as a real woman, who does have some lines on her face and some character. We get so used to seeing incredibly airbrushed and idealized depictions of women that sometimes it's a bit shocking to see something a little more realistic. To me, in both of the portraits, Kate still looks beautiful, but she also doesn't look like a glamour model and I think that's the right approach.

I think sometimes that it must be difficult to portray a young and beautiful woman in a realistic way for portraits.
I agree. I think the actual official portrait showed Catherine has a human being and not as Goddess or "Perfect" Princess. The airbrushed magazines and perfect runway models (women and men) has messed up our society, IMO.
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