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Thursday, December 30, 2010

Graphite Family Portrait Commission Completed

Family Graphite Portrait Commission
Further refinements have been added to each of the subjects and I think this portrait is complete.  As always I will check with my client to see if there are any edits needed on her end and of course if I come back in the morning and something pops out at me.

The completed portrait size is 13x19" which will be 18x24" framed.  I will also take  a photo of the piece framed as once the matt is on it is amazing how the values pop against the matt.

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Graphite Family Portrait Commission Update

This is a full view of the portraits which are all roughly brought up to the same level.  The changes will now be very small for each subject -- smoothing out small areas, adding a bit more depth to other areas, small refinements to capture better likenesses.  As always, the transitions look much nicer in real life than online. 
The jackets and shirts also need to be further developed for a more even texture on the jackets and a bit more definition in the shirts.

Monday, December 27, 2010

Graphite Family Portrait Commission - Father #3

Father's Portrait
This is as far as I wanted to take the father's portrait until the final subject is brought up to the same level.  Then I will come back and push the tonal range a bit further, develop his hair more to give more depth and do any further refinements for likeness.

Whew a long day but a good day, now for a glass of wine!

Graphite Family Portrait Commission - Father #2

Father Update
The features of the father's portrait are being slowly built up and refined.  I am focusing mostly on the mid tonal values and will start to build up the darker and lighter values.  Several more layers will be needed the build the form and each layer will refine his features further to build up the likeness.

I blocked in the younger daughter so that I could build up his suite jacket with several layers of darker graphite without drawing around her hair.  This will help her to settle into the suite rather than looking cut out.  I have also pulled graphite into the other kids hair and will further lighten and darken their hair as needed.

Graphite Family Portrait Commission - Father #1

Father Sketch
Holidays are not "officially over" but I managed to wrangle some time to work on this commission.  Thank goodness as I have been getting twitchy going so long without drawing/painting!

I have roughed in the sketch of the father and loosely blocked in the beginning tonal values.  I will continue to build up the values of the father slowly building up the tonal values and refining as I did with the kids.

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Graphite Family Portrait Commission - Daughter #1 and Brother

Sister and Brother Portraits
Well I probably should have posted an update sooner but I just kept thinking, one more thing, one more thing.  So the eldest sister and brother are at about 90% completion but I always like to move onto the other subjects before doing the final refinements and softening of features.

I actually went back to the sister after the brother was brought up to the same level of completion and redefined her entire face and hair.  As the brother will represent the darkest values in the portrait I had to strengthen the dark values on the sister to bring her up to the same value scale. 

I did not want to draw him first though as even though I cover the areas worked on with paper to avoid smudging, smudges still occur so I try to work left to right as much as possible. 

I will now move onto the father and then the youngest sister after that.  As it is the holiday season my updates will be (and have been) intermittent but I still am managing to squeeze in art/work time.  Funny to spend all these years doing various jobs to finally have a job where I look forward to going to work :)

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Graphite Family Portrait Commission - Daughter #1 Sketch

Daughter #1 Sketch
 This is a sketch of one of the daughters in my latest commission.  The whole portrait commission will be 18x24" done in graphite pencil.  Each head size will be roughly 4.5" which is as small as I like to go as the smaller the face is the trickier it is to fit in all the details that represent each subject.

Her features have been blocked in and the light and dark values have been laid down lightly. Her features are not exact yet as I tend to lay in the graphite and then refine the features to capture the resemblance. 

I have added in much more of the details in the sketch phase for this one as the photos I am working from are actually quite small so I really want to make sure I get the likeness early on.  I am quite happy with the progress so far and am looking forward to starting to add in the depth to really make her features pop :)

Thursday, December 09, 2010

When is a painting done?

Side View - to show a bit of the irridescence and texture
This is the latest abstract piece I am working, or finished...or working on!!??  I can tell more easily with other mediums and more realistic paintings but with acrylic and abstract I could just keep going forever....

I do think I am "almost" done though, maybe just one more layer...heh heh

These are a triptych of 5x7" panels

Tuesday, December 07, 2010

Graphite Portrait Commission of Brother and Sister Completed

Just a few minor tweaks were needed.  I bit more detail was added in his hair and a few areas were softened on both of them.

Thursday, December 02, 2010

Christmas Graphite Portrait Commission - Brother and Sister Update

This is an update of the portrait commission I am working on.  The majority of the work is done, just maybe a few finishing touches on the resemblance and possible the sister's hair.

I am working from a couple of different photos and they are quite blurry so once my client has a look I will know if the resemblance is close or not :)

Wednesday, December 01, 2010

Abstract Acrylic Painting from Advanced Abstract Workshop

18x24" Acrylic on Raw Canvas

This is one of the paintings that I worked on at the abstract workshop a couple of weekends ago.  It is funny how stuff like this looks like the paint was just thrown on the canvas but really I spent a fair bit of time getting all the layers built up and trickling down just right :) 
I used raw canvas so in areas the paint disperses and feathers out around the edges of paint.  In other areas I built up the layers of paint to create crisp edges with the paint trickling in layers. Now to come up with a name....

Super fun to paint looks pretty cool over the mantle, a little shocking with all the builders beige walls ;) One day I will get around to painting the house....one day ;)