Wednesday, May 23, 2012
The text at the bottom has been added in with photoshop but will be added into the portrait once I hear back from my customer on placement.
The transitions look much softer in real live and the details crisper so overall I am quite happy with this portrait :)
Thursday, May 17, 2012
This will be the fun part as things will start to click into shape as I go through each feature more carefully to ensure a likeness. I will also do a final pass on his skin tones to even out the blotches and build up more form.
Finally I will add in more texture to his skin, sounds better than wrinkles and more layers to his hair.
Tuesday, May 15, 2012
I could use charcoal or carbon pencil to get the darkest values but I really like the look of the graphite when it is done so I think it is worth the effort. Several areas of the face look a little blotchy as I have just added another layer for areas that did not appear dark enough and will blend them in during the next session.
I have started to refine his features slightly, his right eye is getting pretty close to how I want it proportion wise so now I can focus on the form and making it look more three dimensional. His right eye, nose and mouth still need to be adjusted proportionally but they are not too far off I think. It is so much nicer working earlier in the date before the heat sets in! Looking forward to the next update as it will really start to look like him, I did not realize how much I have missed drawing!
Monday, May 14, 2012
|Building Up The Values|
Once I get a bit more of the depth built up I will start to make sure the features are correct to capture his likeness as right now everything is close, but definitely not there yet :) Hopefully tomorrow will be cooler in the studio as it has gone from rainy and cold to summer overnight....not complaining that's for sure, I was starting to think summer would never come!
Saturday, May 12, 2012
|Oil Portrait - Under Painting 8x10"|
Her mouth and nose really need to be adjusted but I will wait until this layer dries as after two attempts to fix them, they ended up getting muddied. Sadly the mouth was actually really nice and fresh before I tried to adjust it the first time.
I am surprised at how much I am really enjoying these little studies. I am learning so much about how to handle the paint, mix skin tones and turn form without the stress of actually having to have anything decent in the end :)
Friday, May 11, 2012
|Graphite Portrait - 18x24"|
The first few layers of graphite have been added throughout the entire face, which kind of looks funny at this point, but it helps me as the portrait progresses.
I used to draw each area more to completion but I find now I prefer to have a nice layer of graphite throughout to work into. The ear on the right has just had a few more layers of graphite added but will likely get darker once the other values are brought up.
This is such a nice size for a portrait as even though the photo is not the greatest quality, I can really get into each feature to add the amount of detail that I like.... plus it just looks really great from across the studio at this size :)
Wednesday, May 09, 2012
|Rough Graphite Pencil Sketch - 18x24"|
The paper looks warbley due to photoshop, the next update will look more natural as there will be more graphite on the paper so that I, ahem the camera, will have an easier time focusing :)
Monday, May 07, 2012
I only meant to get a new drawing pad for my life drawing class but of course there were sales on. So..... I got new brushes. I really did need them as I did not have any smaller bristle brushes and I love them! I was wrecking my synthetic brushes trying to push the paint around for my underpaintings and studies. The syntheic are better suited for detail and finishing work so now I have both which makes my life so much easier. They came with this nifty little brush case for travelling and did I meantion, they were on for 50% off!!! I think I showed tremndous restraint.
I also picked up a larger Masterson palette for storing my paint. I had put this off as I already have 2 boxes but of course they were not the right size for my glass palette so was making due. I also picked up a round hand held palette which fits perfectly into the Masterson box so I can just pop it into the box at the end of a session and put in the freezer until the next day, priceless :)
Thursday, May 03, 2012
|Graphite Pencil Nose Sketch|
This is a little study I did this morning of a nose which I plan to use as a reference for my grisaille oil painting tomorrow. I am breaking things down into baby steps so I spend more time happy and less time lost, that is the idea anyway!
So I re-learned an old lesson I thought I had learned years ago, don't use waxy transfer paper, argh. I have been cleaning out my studio and just grabbed a piece of transfer paper rather than using my home made transfer paper, this is just a study after. Well that was my thinking, of course I spent more time trying to blend the transfer lines into the finished study than I did drawing ;) Several of the lines still show, hopefully I have learned this lesson for the last time...yes the transfer paper is now in the garbage :)