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02-08-2014, 12:19 AM
I am challenging myself to paint this series of faces. I'm trying to do them as close to life size as I can. Progress to be kept here.


Dana Design
02-09-2014, 01:25 PM
Quite challenging! Post your updates. Looking forward to this.

02-11-2014, 12:27 AM
Here is my progress so far.

02-15-2014, 10:27 PM
I made some more progress on my faces.
It's amazing how different the lighting looks on this other camera.

Nathalie Chavieve
02-23-2014, 04:51 AM
Nice studies and good exercise ! It is always challenging to copy a master paintings - but it worth of it .

I like very much the second study after Bloemaert , only her eye is way too big : if you look carefully to the original, you'll find that there is lower eyelid.

Is it going to be like a monochromatic studies or you'll use colors ( oil, acrylic ) as well ?

Looking forward to your progress.

02-23-2014, 06:35 AM
Agree with Nathalie about the eye, also the mouth is open too much, some more of that is lower lip. Plenty of time to fix in later layers. You have done the hair gracefully already.

This is A LOT of studies. Are you doing them all at once? For me it would be too overwhelming, I can have 2 or 3 at a time, but not 6. Also because they are of very different styles. For example Guillemot has large value range in flesh, while the goodward (which I love) has only 2-3 values…. All very different, challenging in their own way.

02-27-2014, 12:00 AM
Good catch on the eye, no idea how I didn't notice it, I must have been watching a japanese animation that day. Yes I am doing them all at once so I can jump around and always have something fresh and interesting to work on. I will add color eventually. I actually screwed up on the third one last week,unable to get the tones I wanted, it seemed like I was fighting with the thinner the whole time so I got frustrated. Thanks for commenting and motivating me to get back to work. http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/26-Feb-2014/1503352-face-3-1.jpg

Dana Design
03-23-2014, 11:58 AM
Am admiring your work thus far. And your stamina! I'd go mad working on all of these at the same time!

ianos dan
06-17-2014, 12:09 PM
l forgot to ask!
You have made a drawing with a pencil ,or it's made directly with the brush ?:thumbsup:

ianos dan
06-17-2014, 12:11 PM
Nice idea!
Painting after this neoclassical masters could be very tricky ,because ,some of this painting are made using a model ,but making some idealized features ,the ones you see on the greek sculptures,so ,this are more or less real persons ,more or less interpretation .
That it's indeed a challenge ,l cannot to this paintings at once ,it will take all my energy ,l would rather go for one ,try my best ,and ,after l would finish ,l would try to improve in the next one ,keeping in mind my mistakes ,made in the previous one ,but this is just me .
Do you have a favorite technique ,that you want to apply on this,do want to make this in a classical way ,or ,something between ?
To give you an idea;why don't you make every painting in a different style?
make one in a late flemish method (like Alexei Antonov) ,one in Baroque style ,and one in neoclassical way :).l think this could help more than doing all in the same style ,it will give you experience and diversity ,and makes the process more interesting!
l like the first one ,Guillemot,maybe l will do a sketch ,if you let me !
Happy painting!