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Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Noah Layne Oil Portrait Workshop

Oil Portrait Sketch from Life
I was initially not going to post this portrait as there is so much that needs to be done on this portrait, two days is just NOT enough time! But well, it is what it is ;)

It was an awesome workshop by Noah Layne and the model was excellent. Noah is an excellent teacher and is very patient and supportive. If you get the chance to take a workshop with him, you will not be dissapointed :)  We only had two days so the first day we drew with our brushes and a bit of burnt umber oil paint, gasp, no pencils...no charcoal...  gasp!!!

Actually it was surprisingly really fun!   I will definitely be doing more sketches this way.   Usually I would draw out a rough sketch with charcoal as a safety net.  But by drawing with paint, you are not boxed into a drawing that may not be as accurate as you like.  This way lines and shapes are easily changed as you go along, all the while becoming more familiar with the subject.
 
Day one was spent blocking in the proportions with the burnt umber paint.  Once I was relatively happy with the proportions I began blocking in her features.  One the first pass, I focused more on the values of her skin and tried to think of the facial planes, keeping things relatively 2 dimensional.  On the day two, I tried to get closer to her actual skin tones and focused more on modeling the forms. 

Of course, it was very rushed so I did not get to the lower portion of her face and I would have liked to soften her eyes and model the forms more.   It was an excellent learning experience though and I can not wait to paint again from life!

Friday, October 11, 2013

Rescued Dog Portrait - Luna

Graphite Dog Portrait
Sooo close to being done but thought I would post an update anyhoo.  The darks are taking such a long time to build up but so worth.  Still more work to be done on Luna's face and paw.  The markings on Luna's face need to be softened a touch and tweaked a bit and then I think she will be complete!

The pillow needs a touch more work as well with the design but I think the darks are where they need to be.  Such a pretty dog...sigh, I miss having a dog.  I love my cat....but I really miss having a dog.

Wednesday, October 02, 2013

Rescued Dog Portrait - Luna - Work in Progress

Luna - Graphite Pencil in Progress
Well I was hoping to post this completed but I needed to take a break! All that fur and the design on the pillow is what I loved about this portrait....and it is what I am loving "not so much" right now. 

It is taking many, many layers to build up the graphite the way I want it so I thought I had better take a break until I am back to feeling the love and not feeling lost in the weeds ;)

There is probably not a huge amount of work left to do but fresh eyes always makes for a better portrait so I am working on a still life for a bit and will come back to Luna. 

She is a beautiful dog that I started drawing during Pet Palooza earlier this year.  I am really liking the level of contrast between her and the pillow so now it is just about refining the fur and pillow design.  Then a bit of push and pull with the values and edges to make her body recede.