View Full Version : WDE Mar 15 - Boldly Behind (where other WDE'ers have already gone before!)

03-19-2013, 11:55 PM
didn't get a chance to join this weekend, so I snuck in a quickie tonight. about an hour (shhhh... i gridded :rolleyes: ). Charcoal pencil and conte on 8.5 X 11 in manila paper. i was surprised how well the manila paper took the conte as it seemed too smooth. i might try that paper again :)


03-20-2013, 12:20 AM
hmm conte on manilla - well done Mike!

03-20-2013, 03:13 AM
Very good Mike I like three pencils portraits I did it for a while

03-20-2013, 04:01 AM
Likeness is good! Lovely portrait:)

03-20-2013, 05:54 AM
LOL Your title gave me a good laugh, should have that below with my siggy...:D . Great likeness, nice work!!!:wave:

03-20-2013, 07:16 AM
Very nice. That ground colour suits the subject. William has done well for himself!

03-20-2013, 08:13 AM
Great portrait and likeness Mike. May I ask what "manila paper" is?

03-20-2013, 08:51 AM
If Albrecht Durer could use a grid (and not having a printer, his was on glass that he held up and looked through, or maybe it was string on a frame) so can the rest of us!:thumbsup:
And even with a grid I'm sure I wouldn't do as well as you did here.

Manila paper is cream-colored stuff like construction paper.

03-20-2013, 09:08 AM
I agree about the grid. I used to think it was 'cheating' until an art teacher reprimanded me for that thought.
Very good likeness -- I'm wondering what manilla paper is too. It worked well!

03-20-2013, 09:54 AM
Thanks all!

I have no problem with gridding either. I just didn't want to leave the impression that I can whip out a likeness so fast otherwise. It would take another couple hours without the grid and no guarantee of likeness.

The paper is something I bought years ago and I don't remember where. It is labelled Manila paper and is a creamy yellow but is more like thin drawing paper. I don't know if 'Manila' refers to the paper or the color of the paper.

03-20-2013, 10:31 AM
Love the title, love the portrait. Why not go for the grid! :clap:

03-20-2013, 10:35 AM
What a great likeness!! Great work:clap:

03-20-2013, 01:17 PM
We used to use manilla paper in grammar school for drawing/painting, a long long time ago:) Love the look of your portait. Colors chosen go great with the paper.

just chaos
03-21-2013, 09:46 AM
Wonderful job.

03-21-2013, 11:02 AM
Great portrait, excellent likeness....

03-21-2013, 01:53 PM
Magnificent :)

Charlie's Mum
03-21-2013, 05:33 PM
Cor Mike - this is brilliant! I love to see your drawings!

03-21-2013, 11:52 PM
beautiful portrait!!!!

03-21-2013, 11:55 PM
Great likeness!

03-22-2013, 03:24 AM
Terrific portrait.
Manilla paper was the go-to writing paper in the 60s and earlier. Of course, I pronounced it "vanilla" as a child.

03-22-2013, 06:18 AM
Looks great :thumbsup:

03-22-2013, 09:51 AM
Mike, he looks divine!

03-22-2013, 12:59 PM
Hey Mike:wave: excellent portait and a good likeness:clap:

03-22-2013, 10:51 PM
Mike, nice sensitive drawing! I I like how you shaped the face with your strokes and you nailed the hat!
Also loved your title!

03-22-2013, 11:12 PM
Hi Great portrait Mike!
Manila or Vanilla Paper got its name because in the olden days, it was made only in the Philippines using manila hemp or abaca. It's quite common and now used as paper for flip chart notes (to write on using markers) during seminars.

03-24-2013, 03:48 PM
cool portrait, like the materials, worked well on Cap'n Kirk...