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03-24-2015, 12:17 PM
I've been on Wetcanvas for 11 years apparently and I know I've been super shy about posting my work.

So much beautiful work on here by some very talented artists and I definitely get intimidated, though everyone is always so positive and amazing on this site. Thought I'd just face that fear and post some pieces I never posted here before... :wave:





You'd think in that amount of time I'd be more prolific... I have a lot of unfinished things that I think I'll photograph and ask your opinions on. =)

Charlie's Mum
03-24-2015, 12:48 PM
Welcome from lurking!:lol:
You have a very loose and lively style and I like #2 and 3 best of these. Do you know how big they are, what's the surface? - always good to add that info:)

In #1, I'd suggest you paint the b/g first to avoid the sense of trying to fill in , as around the head of the figure.... and allow colours in the b/g to recede so they don't compete with the focal point of the work.
You show a good sense of modelling the form of figures, just need to practice/study for more accuracy of the anatomy.

Keep painting, you're doing OK!:)

If posting more, make separate threads so we can concentrate on one at a time - it's easier than trying to give advice about a number!:)

03-24-2015, 01:21 PM
Thanks Maureen! Those are good tips, makes sense to work from back to front.

#1 I think I reworked the dark and lights in the background against the figure after the fact.

You're right, probably would have helped if I worked more of the anatomy and tonal scheme in the underpainting. Lately I'm working a lot of that out in sketches first. I saw a blog post about Leyendecker where he detailed that he worked at way, tried it and it fits with what I'm trying to do.

Appreciate your thoughts! Helps speed up the process to getting better results when we have some of those ideas in mind when working =)

I'll definitely take the suggestion make new threads for the ones. These are all just 11x14" studies on paper.

The ones I've paused on and want to finally post later for more thoughts are big (for me) , with the biggest being 36x48". One of them I stopped and noticed some problems. Have done several drawings reworking it. It's almost two years since the last actual brush stroke on the thing. Haha

03-24-2015, 03:34 PM
Nice work overall. I like 2 and 4 best. 4 has a very loose style and I like that.

You might want to look again at the way you've done the subject's left shoulder in #1. I think the perspective is not quite right and the way it's lighted makes it come forward. Read up on "lost edges in painting" for some tips.

Keep at it, you've got some skills.

03-24-2015, 04:40 PM
Thanks for looking and for the encouragement I like the idea of working on lost edges. Definitely that would have given him more depth. Yeah something is awkward about that arm now that I look at it.

Always so much more to practice! =)

03-25-2015, 11:51 AM
These are good, very colourful.