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Shirl Parker
10-31-2012, 11:54 PM
This sketch thread is open to all Oil Pastelists. You are invited to share any sketching you've been doing this month, be it detailed ones, quick ones, ideas for paintings or value studies. Basically, just show us what you're working on! There is NO time limit, so knock yourselves out!

It would be great if you could share with us the paper and pastels you are using, as well as the size of your sketch. We do love the details! :clap: :clap: :clap:

Pat Isaac
11-01-2012, 08:14 AM
Thanks, Shirl...have a great day.

Pat

lalflen
11-07-2012, 05:55 PM
This is a test! I received a Nexus 7 (small tablet) as a gift http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/07-Nov-2012/113039-1352310767244.jpg
And am wondering if I can do pictures for wet canvas on it. Here goes
This is a quickie oil pastel sketch with neos on canson paper!
BTW, also took the picture with this little tablet!

Pat Isaac
11-07-2012, 05:57 PM
Guess it worked. Love the dancing heron...

Pat

lalflen
11-07-2012, 06:28 PM
They were so funny! Like they were doing Disco. Got some great pictures. Hope to do some great sketches!

lalflen
11-07-2012, 06:38 PM
You should have seen them, it was like they were doing the disco!

Yusuke
11-10-2012, 03:19 AM
Hello folks,

Bit long since I last posted. It's november already.
Thank you for starting the thread as always, Shirl.

Linda,
Good to see your work posted from your tablet. You depicted the water with the very limited stroke!


Well, my sketches in this month.


Sesame bread. Sennelier, neopastel and Cray-Pas on a sketch pad.
http://www.artist-at-heart.com/blog/archives/files/3195.jpg

Necklace with felt balls, stones and woods. Sennelier and neopastels on a sketch pad.
http://www.artist-at-heart.com/blog/archives/files/3196.jpg

A glass with a little jasmine tea. Sennelier, Cray-Pas and neopastels on a Daler Rowney Murano paper.
http://www.artist-at-heart.com/blog/archives/files/3200.jpg

A bread from a German bakery. Cray-Pas, Sennelier and neopastels on a D-R Murano.
http://www.artist-at-heart.com/blog/archives/files/3202.jpg

It snows in Ulaanbaatar these days. Maximum temperature of the weekly forecast is all minus then probably the city would be covered with snow and ice till next April. I took a picture on my way to my kids' kindergarten in the morning and I referred to the photo for this pic. It's already too cold to sketch outside. Sennelier, neopastels and Cray-Pas as usual on a sky blue cotton paper.
http://www.artist-at-heart.com/blog/archives/files/3203.jpg

thanks for looking.

Ru.dA.Ra
11-10-2012, 07:24 AM
Yusuke, I like the last one a lot.

Pat Isaac
11-10-2012, 08:16 AM
Your sketches are always a joy to behold and I particularly like the last one, seeing a pice of the city. Is that a domed building?

Pat

lalflen
11-10-2012, 08:19 AM
Yusuke, excellent work as usual. I love the colors in the landscape. You have a lovely touch.
Stay warm!

Shirl Parker
11-10-2012, 10:55 AM
Yusuke, it makes me shiver to see your landscape. :clap:

Ru.dA.Ra
11-10-2012, 02:19 PM
As reference I took a peacock's photo posted on the library here by lisilk. This is a 11 x 9 paper

Shirl Parker
11-10-2012, 02:24 PM
Nice work. Beautiful blue color. :clap:

Ru.dA.Ra
11-10-2012, 02:26 PM
Yusuke, did you use an Oil Pastel pencil to make the fine thread of the necklace?

Ru.dA.Ra
11-11-2012, 12:26 PM
I did this today. The paper is about 11 x 9. I didn't gesso it or anything as I just wanted to start. I've used the cray pas expressionist range.. I wonder how much the result would differ if I could have gotten my hands on the Specialist range.. I have a question , my white is about 50% over so I have no choice but to get a single stick. The only single stick I can get here is Sennelier's Jumbo sticks. What should I expect when using the cray pas over the white sennelier and the white sennelier over the cray pas? Will there be any problems?

Pat Isaac
11-11-2012, 01:16 PM
This is a wonderful portrait. Nice expression and detail. I love my big Senn white, use it a lot. There shouldn't be a problem putting it over the cray-pas, you you might have trouble layering the craypas over the Senn as it may not cover and just leave indentations.

Pat

Ru.dA.Ra
11-11-2012, 01:42 PM
Pat, thankyou for the info.

Katie C
11-11-2012, 04:29 PM
This is a wonderful portrait. Nice expression and detail. I love my big Senn white, use it a lot. There shouldn't be a problem putting it over the cray-pas, you you might have trouble layering the craypas over the Senn as it may not cover and just leave indentations.

Pat

I now am using Caran D'ache Neopastel white and cream, the Senns are too creamy for me,although I have some. I e-mailed Blick and asked for a sample Holbein and a sample Neopastel and played with them..Now I have a mix of the basic 24 student grade Fabers which aren't so bad, Neopastels, CrayPas,Senns..maybe 10 of each.
Katie

Katie C
11-11-2012, 04:37 PM
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/11-Nov-2012/1118532-100_0508_640x480.jpg http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/11-Nov-2012/1118532-Bridge_2nd_try.jpg Using the Neopastels,CrayPas,Holbein and Fabers and Senns only at the end for touch up..
I did this one once but trying again with new OPs and MiTienes Touch sanded paper which I love..
Suggestions?
Katie

thevaliantx
11-11-2012, 08:33 PM
Hi Katie, good effort on the first try! No expert here, but I have an eye for detail. Two things, okay ... three things, right off the bat.

#1 You have the lights and darks reversed on the bridge, if you're going for exactness. As it is, it appears that there is tremendous sunlight hitting the side of the bridge. In the photo, though, sunlight is coming from the right side of the photo. See the pillars on the bridge, notice the side of the pillars the light is bouncing off of.

#2 the tree. The shadow is missing. In the photo, both the tree and the shrub close to it share the same shadow. The trunk of the tree appears to terminate above the ground. Are these hyrdoponic trees? ;) In the photo the tree is very much upright, but your version looks like it's had one too many kids swinging off the branches into the water. (okay, weird imagination, but it's all of me or none, lol). The tree waaaaaaayyyy in the back appears to have transparent leaves, the branches are so dominant. The coloring of the branches should fade as they extend, being replaced by more and more leaves.

#3 the water. In your version you don't have bushes close to the water, but you still have grass, so there should be reflections from the grass. There should be shadows cast from the bridge (lack of light under the bridge). The tree should also have a shadow even though the tree is a little back from the water. The sunlight. Even though the sun is coming from the the right, there is a still a reflection of right down the middle of the water. In your version because there is SO MUCH light hitting the side of the bridge, there should be tremendous light painted into the water.

I am still learning how to paint water, so right now my water tends to look like ice. That changes once one learns how to draw and paint individual ripples in the water. Even if your water ended up looking like ice, just putting color into the reflections (reflection colors will be darker than they reflect) would do wonders.

That's all I've got, there is a lot you can do to improve this one, and that's not meant as negative criticism. I just don't think you did 'enough' with this one. Unless you're aiming from imagination, paint what you see. Look for all the details. Spend less time thinking about what mediums you can use with what, and more time mastering the details on the canvas. :wave:

Katie C
11-12-2012, 02:22 PM
Hi Katie, good effort on the first try! No expert here, but I have an eye for detail. Two things, okay ... three things, right off the bat.

#1 You have the lights and darks reversed on the bridge, if you're going for exactness. As it is, it appears that there is tremendous sunlight hitting the side of the bridge. In the photo, though, sunlight is coming from the right side of the photo. See the pillars on the bridge, notice the side of the pillars the light is bouncing off of.

#2 the tree. The shadow is missing. In the photo, both the tree and the shrub close to it share the same shadow. The trunk of the tree appears to terminate above the ground. Are these hyrdoponic trees? ;) In the photo the tree is very much upright, but your version looks like it's had one too many kids swinging off the branches into the water. (okay, weird imagination, but it's all of me or none, lol). The tree waaaaaaayyyy in the back appears to have transparent leaves, the branches are so dominant. The coloring of the branches should fade as they extend, being replaced by more and more leaves.

#3 the water. In your version you don't have bushes close to the water, but you still have grass, so there should be reflections from the grass. There should be shadows cast from the bridge (lack of light under the bridge). The tree should also have a shadow even though the tree is a little back from the water. The sunlight. Even though the sun is coming from the the right, there is a still a reflection of right down the middle of the water. In your version because there is SO MUCH light hitting the side of the bridge, there should be tremendous light painted into the water.

I am still learning how to paint water, so right now my water tends to look like ice. That changes once one learns how to draw and paint individual ripples in the water. Even if your water ended up looking like ice, just putting color into the reflections (reflection colors will be darker than they reflect) would do wonders.

That's all I've got, there is a lot you can do to improve this one, and that's not meant as negative criticism. I just don't think you did 'enough' with this one. Unless you're aiming from imagination, paint what you see. Look for all the details. Spend less time thinking about what mediums you can use with what, and more time mastering the details on the canvas. :wave:

No I don't think it is negative..this one is just started..good call on the reflection on the water..I was thinking they were ripples.. :clear: ( I was in the boat and took the snapshot)
I will incorporate all those ideas as I progress.. this is a WIP that was just started..working slow..
Thanks!

Ru.dA.Ra
11-16-2012, 06:42 AM
I doodled this yesterday and I apologise for butchering it. I'm sure everyone knows this famous painting.. But for those who don't know about this paining just like I didn't before yesterday, it is Girl With A Pearl Earring by Johannes Vermeer. Having done a potrait of a darker skin tone before this I thought this would be quite the same. It was not. It required using lots of red as I found out. I feel I tried the best I could with my resources. If and when I try this again. I hope I would have better colours and also I would do it on a larger surface atleast 20 x 20 inch. This is 11 x 9 inch. The white here is the brightest I could make it. Even though I would have liked certain places to be whiter but it wouldn't listen to me. You will see that the texture of the paper shows through certain places. What surface should I use that does not have texture below it? Also I have another question. Is it possible to search for people from my country?

Thankyou.

Pat Isaac
11-16-2012, 08:37 AM
Well, I think you did a great job with this and with the skin tones. What kind of paper are you using? There are smoother surfaces to work on and I prefer a smoother surface.
Not sure about the search or how to do it here.

Pat

Ru.dA.Ra
11-16-2012, 08:55 AM
It says 240 GSM Embossed Coarse Linen Surface. I searched for hardboard in art shops here but no one had it. I'll try a wood store. I'm thinking of wooden panels, gessoing them and then painting on it.

Pat Isaac
11-16-2012, 10:08 AM
That is exactley what I use. I like the surface and I don't have to mat the painting when I frame it, just use spacers.

Pat

Ru.dA.Ra
11-16-2012, 01:35 PM
Pat, have you tried the Sennelier Potrait set? I'm also wondering if I should keep posting here or should make new threads.. Everyone else seems to be making new threads..

Pat Isaac
11-16-2012, 05:18 PM
No, I haven't. I don't tend to get sets, but buy the colors that I want in open stock. I find there are always colors in sets that I never use.

Pat

Ru.dA.Ra
11-23-2012, 02:07 PM
Had I got the background in mind from the start, I would have done things differently. But still. Fun stuff

Pat Isaac
11-23-2012, 02:22 PM
It does look like you had a great time and the color is very vibrant.

Pat

gakinme
11-23-2012, 04:50 PM
Linda, such elegant birds!!!

Ru, your portraits rock. Such solid colors and good features. Your bird looks so fun and great background.

Kaite, good start.

This started off with all the fugitive colors of Prismacolor pencil that I have been hiding and now relish every single one of them.

Then added watercolor, then Sennelier and Holbein oil pastel

Finally Pitt oil base pencil to darken

Academie Heavyweight 80 lb sketchbook 8.5 x 11 inch 3/4 page

The doorkeeper - cerberus

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/23-Nov-2012/86669-dogs_small.jpg

Ru.dA.Ra
11-28-2012, 03:23 PM
John Singer Sargent's Girl In Muslin Blouse.
I did this yesterday. This in on 11.5 x 9 inch Linen surface.
The hair troubled me a lot. I think it is because of my computer's moniter because I just couldn't tell where the hair ended and the background would begin, it was all merging so I'm not sure how it looks. The face in this photo is the only thing that looks close to the one I painted. A lot of other colours are not rendered properley in this photo I took. Like the background and the blouse. The background looks black in this but in reality its sepia. I've painted the Girl with a Pearl earring before and liked the style of this painting more. I would like to try more paintings in this style.
-Rudra.

Katie C
11-28-2012, 04:03 PM
Sandra..I like to use Prismacolor pencils also..like the look..
Linda..the birds are so lifelike
Ru..very vibrant colors

Katie

Pat Isaac
11-28-2012, 04:52 PM
Nicely done portrait, Rudra...and the skin tones are lovely. I can see the sepia background.

Pat

Shirl Parker
11-30-2012, 11:56 PM
Time for a new sketch thread. Click here. (http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showthread.php?p=19355751#post19355751)