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03-19-2013, 03:00 PM
Hi All

I found this photo of this boy who posed for us years ago. I had it filed away and the other day when I found it again it peaked my interest.

I love the lighting and his pose. Hopefully I can render it and make it my own! It's on 11"x14" Kitty Wallis Belgium Mist. Right now I'm using hard to semi hard pastels of various brands.

The first post is the photo.

Hope you like him!!!

C&C's always welcome

03-19-2013, 06:09 PM
It's amazing to me that you can capture a perfect likeness with all these beautiful and varied colors. Beautiful. Pam

03-20-2013, 08:03 AM
Thank you so much Pam!

03-20-2013, 09:58 AM
You certainly have made it 'your own'
great use of colour.


Moises Menendez
03-20-2013, 06:52 PM
Great work. Try to deepen the values on the shadows.

03-20-2013, 11:00 PM
Really nice work. Great colours.

03-21-2013, 09:06 AM
Thanks so much Brian and Jen

Don't worry Moe I am going to begin to deepen my shadows now that I have a good stepping off point. Thanks so much for your input!!!!


03-21-2013, 10:21 AM
I love how you use colour, and that photo didn't help much with that, so you did a great job!

I'd suggest you treat the hair like the rest. Painting strands rarely works. Paint masses of light and dark patterns just like you did on the shirt, that would make it into harmony with the rest of the painting, and not attract attention. (Unless you *want* to paint hair with a boy under it, a legitimate choice.)

03-21-2013, 02:36 PM
Thanks so much Charlie! I plan to treat the hair as a mass, I just wanted to maintain the "flow" of it for now.

Moises Menendez
03-22-2013, 06:48 AM
This is a good reference photo for the use of the values. When I squint my eyes I see almost similar values at the top of the head, then when the hair meets the forehead, then the upper eyelids, the irises, the bottom of the nose, and the upper lip. You can exploit that very well.

03-23-2013, 10:17 AM
Yes Moe I intend to use that as a basis for dramatizing the lighting. I rarely use the actual lighting in a photo, I always like to take it up a notch to provide a better sense of artistry. At least I try too! HA!!

John Palmer Fine Art
03-23-2013, 02:41 PM
Very nice interpretation!

03-23-2013, 10:24 PM
Lovely work!

03-24-2013, 08:44 AM
Thank you so much Jayde and John!!!!

03-24-2013, 03:15 PM
Your colors always amaze me Marlene, and this is no exception. It's looking great already, I'll be watching your progress.

03-25-2013, 10:16 AM
Thanks so much Chris! I'm having fun!!!!

03-25-2013, 10:23 AM
:clap: Here's an update- Still working values back and forth I will begin to reintroduce my darks and start to redraw some of the face. I love to explore values with color, such fun!!!!!

Hope you enjoy it!!!! C&C's always welcomed!


03-25-2013, 01:49 PM
love how sketchy this is, and the colors don't read as bright colors, but certainly aren't those usually thought of as 'portrait' colors. very nice!

03-26-2013, 09:11 AM
Thanks so much Chewie!

03-29-2013, 05:03 PM
I've worked on it more, still have more to do. In process of refining and redrawing. Enjoying every stage!!!!

Hope you like him!
C&C's always welcomed



03-29-2013, 07:40 PM
Great color, will be eager to see the progress

04-01-2013, 01:38 PM
Thanks so much Rainysea!

04-01-2013, 07:24 PM
Looking great Marlene! Love your colors!

04-03-2013, 12:54 PM
Thanks so much Chris! I'm having a blast!

04-03-2013, 12:58 PM
This is beautiful so far.
I'm very interested in seeing how you use colors.
Thanks for sharing.

04-04-2013, 02:27 PM
Thanks so much Mado! I'll be posting an update soon!

04-09-2013, 09:04 AM
Here's another update close to completion but still redrawing and adjusting. I work on it a few hours then go to something else, this way I still retain a fresh eye, (hopefully) HA!

Thanks for looking
C&C's always welcomed!


04-09-2013, 10:16 AM
Wow....what beautiful colours.....


04-12-2013, 08:04 AM
Thank you so much Prashanti!!

04-16-2013, 01:52 PM
Hi All

Still building up color and redrawing, starting to think about finishing.

Hope you like him!

C&C's always welcomed!!


04-16-2013, 02:06 PM
Great use of color,I agree that you are looking close to being done. Bill

04-17-2013, 07:54 AM
Thanks so much Bill!!

04-29-2013, 03:09 PM
Here's another update. I'm about 95% finished still tweeking here and there. Hope you like him!

All C&C's always welcomed!


04-30-2013, 05:06 AM
this is inspiring me to try portaiture, its lovely

05-01-2013, 07:33 AM
Thank you so much Pointy!!!

05-01-2013, 08:47 AM
If you recall I really loved the first posting. This one bothers me a little since it looks like he has a black eye perhaps from a school yard brawl. I went back to original to try and figure why I didn't feel that and I saw a little dark on the opposite side that helped me read it as a shadow. hope my opinion doesn't annoy you since believe me I do not have your talent but I try to view paintings as if I was buying it for my home. Pam

05-02-2013, 08:30 AM
Hi Pam!

Of course I value your opinion!! No one knows everything, that's why a site like this is so important!

I've attached a newer version, see how you like it. I tend to use a multitude of colors in my underpainting that show through during my application process.

Let me know!! Thanks again!


05-02-2013, 09:35 AM
Minor changes but it does look better to me. I think I am reacting also to the circular shape around that eye and the yellowish color which makes me think of a fading bruise. No one else appears to have had the same thought so I may be focusing on that area too much. I also realize on WC we see things really close up and not at always at a proper viewing distance. Pam:wave:

05-07-2013, 03:38 PM
Hi Pam

Attached is the finished version with some changes. Thanks so much for your imput!!!!


05-07-2013, 03:41 PM
Hi Everyone

Well here's the final version, (I think) ha. I tweeked the shadows a bit more hope you like him!

C&C's always welcomed!!


05-07-2013, 07:47 PM
Beautiful. Reads as shadow to me. :clap: Pam

05-08-2013, 08:59 AM
Thank you Pam!!!!

05-09-2013, 09:40 PM
Beautiful -- love the fresh layering of colors.

05-09-2013, 09:56 PM
Thanks very much for an interesting progression on this lovely portrait.
:thumbsup: really nice.

05-10-2013, 01:25 PM
Very Nice, frame it. Bill

05-11-2013, 02:58 AM
I look forward to seeing the next step, tho it is very lively and interesting all ready. I am a bit worried by the patch of pale green beside his nose, which jumps forward to my eye.

It does remind me of the marvellously colourful work of Kitty Wallis. I wonder if you have seen any of her portraits? If not, she is worth googling

05-12-2013, 01:03 PM
thank you for taking the time to post the various stages. It was fascinating to see the progression. And your use of color was fabulous. wonderful result.

08-22-2013, 03:54 PM
Thank you Jackie for your helpful comments!!!!! I'm so sorry I took so long to reply, things have been a bit busy for me ,in a good way!!! I do love the works of Kitty Wallis and also of PSA member Christine Swan! As you can guess I love color and strive to make it work for me in all my paintings!!!!

Talley- Thank you for your Kind words! I'm very happy you enjoyed it, it was fun for me as well!!!!