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05-08-2015, 03:50 PM
i almost called this 'The Attack of the 50 Foot Woman' because my perspective isn't quite right :eek:

I had a peek at Wendy's practice study thread and took a crack at that Notan sketch for this. It really makes the structure of the painting apparent! here is the sketch with a sharpie... about 1/2 hour. i did tweak it a bit in photoshop because i had some lines i didn't like.

then the painting... not one of my favorite efforts. i could have picked an easier one to break back into the WDE lol! :rolleyes: no prelim drawing... for better or worse, just dived into the paint. ;)

about 3 hours. 8 X 10 acrylic on canvas.


05-08-2015, 05:28 PM
Love them both!:)

05-08-2015, 10:04 PM
^Me too!

05-09-2015, 05:00 AM
This is beautiful! Love the level of realism.

05-09-2015, 05:37 AM
I love the notan and the painting is very nice but I think you can make it stronger if you would differentiate a bit more between the (focal point) woman and the third from the right. They are a bit similar (same black, same blue). Sorry, I know this is not the place for critiques. It's just that I really like the painting and was looking for the difference between the very strong notan and the painting where the strong seems more divided and well, less strong. Hope I make sense.

05-09-2015, 05:53 AM
I like this. The figures are great.

05-09-2015, 08:33 AM
I love this! I think you've added interest by changing the background and taking out the traffic - are they waiting to cross the road or are they staring into the trees? Nicely done :)

05-09-2015, 12:31 PM
The painting turned out great!

05-09-2015, 05:45 PM
i like the b/w study..and the painting is great..shows the womans aloofness to the crowd..tyree:wave:

05-10-2015, 10:48 AM
Use Notan a lot. Great way to sort out a painting. It's worked for you! Nice comp and strong tones.

05-11-2015, 01:16 AM
great job on both Mike

05-12-2015, 07:17 AM
Mike, I like the final painting. The way you painted it by jumping right in with the paint gave it a freshness that is easy to lose.

I can also see how the prelim sketch helped you plan where your darks and lights were going to go.

Glad you see you posting again, I always admired your work.


05-12-2015, 07:26 AM
Wow! Great work on both. I love the simplicity and "looks-like-easy-but-I-know-it's-hard" look of the first and the great color pallet in the second. You are awesome at drawing!

Charlie's Mum
05-14-2015, 04:04 PM
Mike, they both work well! Good drawing/observation in the second ... nice speed drawing/working in the notan.:)

05-15-2015, 02:12 AM
Wonderful to see you back, Mike ! I really love the notan, particularly how the woman's hair is the negative shape against the tree's darkness (I think that's worded incorrectly, but I bet you know what I mean).
And the painting is fresh and lively, so why do I keep going back to the notan ??? Just 'cause I love it, I suppose.