View Full Version : Portrait 5.01 c&c welcome wip

03-15-2015, 04:39 AM
This is my second attempt at using acrylic having learned to paint in gouache.

It is 600900 mm and is obviously taken from a photo reference.

I am greatly influenced by Chuck Close and Seurat but am hoping that im not being too derivative.

I am about 50 odd hours into the painting and am planning another 3 layers once this one is complete, two layers of detail with a layer of glaze in between, using my (limited) understanding of additive averaging colour mixing.

I have been trying to step away from photo realism and toward a kind of micro-impressionism (if thats a thing) that will satisfyhttp://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/15-Mar-2015/1717646-20150313_182108.jpg both my need for precision and my desire to be more free.

Anyway. Ill update as I can. Please feel free to offer any advice you desire.

03-15-2015, 11:56 AM
This looks like it would require a lot of patience.

Charlie's Mum
03-15-2015, 01:21 PM
Obviously very labour intensive!
I do like the subtle colours you're mixing though - good luck with the rest!

PS - I wouldn't call it 'free'!:lol:

03-15-2015, 01:56 PM
I also enjoy your color choices.

03-15-2015, 04:46 PM
Thanks. The colour choice is the part that takes the most time as I want each segment to vary in hue and chroma (but not value) to its neighbors.

And yes, free is perhaps not a what I meant, but I want each square to be an individual composition not necessarily tied to the reference.

03-15-2015, 04:53 PM
good job guys.. i like this colour. http://freebipics.gq/8/o.png

03-16-2015, 10:39 AM
I am soooo looking forward to watching this WIP!

03-19-2015, 04:36 PM
Ive had a few more hours to put in. One problem I am finding is that as I get better at spotting subtle shifts in hue (and better at predicting the dry colour shift )the picture begins to look smoother and I have to consciously alter each square to give it the shimmer that it started with.

It is also making me rethink my pallete choice, I had originally selected my colours based on a opaque and a transparent paint for each primary (cmy) and am very happy with the transparent colours but quite dissappointed with my choice in opaque as they are basically transparent colours mixed with opaque white.

So...... I have been thinking of changing my opaque selwction to one based on rgb primaries to suit the optical ( additive averaging) mixing that I really want to explore.

Anyway, sorry if im a bore, just some thoughts as I progress.
Here she is...

03-19-2015, 04:48 PM
how very interesting.. would love to see this finished

03-19-2015, 09:24 PM
Quite extraordinary. Great colours to my mind.

Bob in Florida
03-19-2015, 09:31 PM
Wow. what an intense labor of love. I have done ceramic mosaics in the past, but never painted one.

Good luck and I am looking forward to your WIP postings. It looks great so far.

04-01-2015, 05:25 PM
Thanks for the looking (and ill be honest the kudos too, its quite nice).

Bob, I was thinking about doing a mosaic at a later stage, but I really love the ability to layer/blend colours already laid down, and I feel like once laid out a mosaic is kind of set in stone (yep, that was deliberate, im that sad, :) ) this piece is already a major exercise is delaying gratification.
I've done a little bit more, its taking much longer with the hair and more edges, I have so much difficulty in figuring out how I want to portray hair (although im liking the process behind the out of focus hair) I just cant seem to find my balance between high enough detail and a pleasing esthetic.

Anyway, I hope you enjoy.

04-01-2015, 05:28 PM

wow. I just realised that im not even half way through the underpainting, that is a little overwhelming!

04-22-2015, 05:53 PM

So close.....

04-22-2015, 10:01 PM
hey this is turning out really interesting! I like it.

04-22-2015, 10:03 PM
that is turning out wonderfully.. although i'm sure it's a labour of love.. it must be quite time consuming.. I really like the mosaic style..

04-24-2015, 06:34 PM
Thankyou infmartinez and dizzyd.

I have finished the bottom layer and have 3 more planned (glaze with soft detail, hard detail and a final glaze), timewise I think that im about 1/2 way there.

Sorry if you are sick of seeing this thread, but you will be glad to know that I wont be posting anymore wip pics, just one more finished pic (unless I need advice).

Painting like this has taught me a lot about mixing colours and has been incredibly fun, and whilst I possibly shouldn't use the word I have found the process rather freeing, as I can drift from the plan as much as I want within each square as the next square will pull me back in. There is an incredible margin for error in a 5400 square grid.

Anyway just one more painting like this and I will pass my 10000 painting mark, lol.....

Thanks for looking.


04-24-2015, 06:45 PM