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Octopus Inc.
04-10-2013, 07:02 PM
This is a portrait of a Cambodian friend of mine.
Oil on canvas 24" x 48" (61 x 122cm)
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/10-Apr-2013/1088692-906742_4720843025993_2031411809_o.jpg http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/10-Apr-2013/1088692-883865_4764372234196_30127068_o.jpg http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/10-Apr-2013/1088692-903847_4775123262965_316302308_o.jpg
What do you guys think, do you like it?

04-10-2013, 11:58 PM
Your painting is quite striking
The Modern Cambodian Woman must find it extremely difficult in the Cambodia of today.


04-11-2013, 12:49 PM
I love the facial expression. She looks tired and/or fed up with something. Wow, you really put a lot of detail into your sketch. Nice job!

04-13-2013, 06:57 PM
I like the composition, beautiful work. Wondering how the foliage in the background is going to compete with her hair, right now she is very strong, I like the way she pops out, nice contrast.

04-14-2013, 01:31 PM
lovely piece!
is that pencil??
i've had pencil bleed through oils - how do you avoid that?

looking forward to the next installments!


Octopus Inc.
04-14-2013, 03:46 PM
Thanks everyone. I think it is a difficult life even today in Cambodia, but it's getting better and the people are very resilient and proud. She's dressed the way she is because like most young Khmers she is going to school to better her life and that of her family . I chose this image because of her "perturbed" appearance as I think it at least suggests the struggle of daily life there.
For her hair I mixed the paint up using very very little white as I would with most objects in the foreground and as I work into the distance I will be adding more and more for atmospheric perspective as well as to maintain my contrast... Lets hope it pans out. And yes it is pencil I used for the under drawing. A number 2 mechanical pencil that was secured with a spay fixative to prevent smudging. I have seen myself that the pencil lines of the drawing will often times show through on application of the first and even sometimes the second layers of paint. But usually it's minimal and careful observation and touchups throughout the process can reduce any issues of this kind to not.

04-17-2013, 07:07 AM
Very striking pose. Like the way youve given her lots of space in the composition. Looking forward to seeing this one completed.:thumbsup: Arnie

Octopus Inc.
04-19-2013, 08:59 PM
a little update

Octopus Inc.
04-22-2013, 09:26 PM
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/22-Apr-2013/1088692-478074_4842561268873_1702413676_o.jpg http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/22-Apr-2013/1088692-921397_4842536428252_40559866_o.jpg

05-15-2013, 10:01 AM
Wonderful wip..Great prospective.. Technical aspects are perfect.. waiting for the next..