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Spot The Difference Game

A cartoon spot the difference game

Do you remember playing this game as a kid? I do!

Truth be told I wasn't very good at it. I might find 2 or 3 but 5 or more (if the game had more), well, I'd get bored and turn the page of my Highlights magazine.

Life is funny because now a big part of how I create my paintings is by spotting the difference between what I painted on my paper and what I'm looking at in real life. I spend hours, days, weeks playing this game now!

Recently I pulled out my Rattlesnake portrait paintings to take them to be professionally photographed and framed only to realized that I had more work to do! My first portrait in this series was in the summer of 2022 and now, 2 years later, both my technique and the pastel colors I use are different.

So I took time (days per portrait) to retouch my early paintings and thought it might be fun for you dear reader to play "spot the differences".

Here are three "before and after" portraits for your entertainment:


Rattlesnake soft pastel portrait


Rattlesnake soft pastel portrait


Rattlesnake soft pastel portrait

What did you find????

Overall I see a change in the skin tones, the gradation of light to dark, and a smoother texture (which you have to zoom in to notice). In each painting I did not change the expression but somehow the other changes seem to slightly effect the expressions.

In any event, I'm glad I took the time to retouch the portraits before taking the next steps. 😊

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