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Devoted 2Art
03-28-2013, 02:22 AM
Hard to believe it's been almost 2 months since I've posted anything. Been really busy with other stuff but hope to get back in the swing soon. Had to force myself to start some new projects but I've done it. I started both of these tonight and worked on them simultaneously to allow drying time.

The first is an attempt at an Anthony Ryder painting I found in the 'Portraiture' forum here: http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1302794

Steps so far .... I've traced the image onto thick vellum then scanned the sketch & printed it on two pieces of tinted paper. I used two different colors since I wasn't sure which would work best.
Left - Stonehenge 'Fawn' Paper / Center - Sketch on Vellum / Right - Stonehenge Pearl Grey Paper / Printed sketches are approx. 9.5" x 12"

Working with the 'Fawn' paper - I used Copic Multiliners, Pigma Microns & pencil to outline some details.

Next I prepared the palettes with very fluid mixes of watercolor & gouache.

Now for some speed painting - (Need to work the entire skin area very wet for this layer & it's not easy to do while trying to stay in the lines - especially when trying to take pics during the process. Using my darkest ochre mix I attempted to layer a very thin even wash to the skin areas using a #6 Kolinsky round.

Once the wash is finished and still dripping wet, I add thin washes of white tinted with yellow to the brightest areas & drop some red tint to some of the shadows.
This is a difficult stage because all of the color is absorbed quickly and blends into the wet under layer. If all goes well it will dry smooth & level with hints of highlights & shadows. Set it aside & let it dry...

Almost 2 hours later..... Here's the dry version - And it looks almost as I hoped it would. It dried much lighter as I expected but the streak of highlight to the right of the arm is quite harsh. Now that the large areas are tinted without any paper damage, I should be able to build layers effectively.
This will do till tomorrow night.

Also started this project tonight based loosely on an image posted in 'Gouache Corner' By Deborah found here : http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1309404
Might make a nice birthday present.
Uni - Step 01 / Watercolor + Gouache / 11" x 15" / Stonehenge Paper

That's it for now - All C & C most welcome.
Thank for looking!

03-28-2013, 03:51 AM
A wonderful technique John, your portrait reminds me of a Mucha painting.


03-28-2013, 04:42 AM
Beautiful works in progress and very informative.
You have a gentle heart methinks........shows in your work.
Good to see you back John.

03-28-2013, 11:06 AM
Great start; it's going to be a lovely portrait. I'm pulling up my chair to see your steps.

The second one is adorable; so far you've done a great job, love that unicorn and the little girls hair.

Devoted 2Art
03-29-2013, 12:58 AM
Doug - Thank You! It does kinda resemble a Mucha (had no idea what that was before now).

Lulu & Darla Thank You both very much! I just hope I'm able to see these to completion:crossfingers:. They're both a far cry from my usual work. Keeping what Lulu taught me in mind I think I can do it:D .


Devoted 2Art
03-29-2013, 01:22 AM
Now for today's progress. Worked mostly on the Ryder with little time or new work for the unicorn....

First - I added some fun to my palette

No idea what happened to step 5 - but here's # 6 - I formed the hair with a .01 perm pen & added some color to the flowers. Added another wash to the skin tones. (the paint is still wet in this image).

After the painting dried thoroughly - I added another layer of skin and started adding color to the hair. (Paint still wet here too).

In this step I added even more color to the skin, hair & flowers trying to add some dimension. Also added a mixture of light green & burnt sienna to wash into the background with some white dropped in to indicate a bit of light behind her.

Paint is still wet so I'm sure it will dry a bit lighter and somewhat more level.
Be back tomorrow if I find the time...

Thanks again for the wonderful comments. I'm hoping for more:D .

C & C always welcome & appreciated.

03-29-2013, 03:10 AM
I love your skin technique John, it produces very smooth results.

Looks wonderful so far.


03-29-2013, 10:13 AM
These are beautiful!! I cant wait for more

03-29-2013, 01:56 PM
Very nice to see you painting again John
Your woman is developing so beautifully and the start of the little girl is promising

03-29-2013, 04:46 PM
Lovely, John, I am waiting with baited breath for the next!

Devoted 2Art
03-30-2013, 01:04 AM
Thank you so much Doug, Kristin, Margareth & Lynn. I really appreciate your wonderful comments.

Found some time today to work on both pieces....

On this step of the Ryder painting I added a blueish violet mix to the shadows, worked more on the whole face and added more layers to the hair & flowers. I think it's almost finished. (The chest area is still wet and looks terrible in the photo.) It is drying nicely & will likely post the next update to the gallery.


Did some more on the Angel & Unicorn & I'm somewhat pleased with the progress. The Angel's face needs work especially in the mouth area & hope I can make adjustments without messing up. Here's the current stage...

That's it for today. Hoping to finish both of these up tomorrow & move on to something a bit easier.

Thanks again for all the kind comments -C & C always welcome.

03-30-2013, 03:59 AM
Everything is so beautifully smooth John.

I think the child needs a shadow under her jaw she looks a bit flat.


03-30-2013, 07:36 AM
What a great technique you have. I'm surprised that you didn't get blossoms on the woman's face. It came out wonderful. Both paintings look done to me so I'm waiting to see what else you do.

Devoted 2Art
03-30-2013, 09:13 PM
Thank you Doug - I tried to fix the jaw & it looks better. Now I think the eye is too small. Gonna look at it again tomorrow. Thank you for your comments & suggestion.

Jan - Thank you very much. The woman has been posted to the gallery after a bit more tweaking but I fear any more work may be overdoing it.

Thank you both for your much appreciated comments.