View Full Version : Wip: acrylic self-portrait.

05-29-2015, 10:49 PM
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/29-May-2015/1969956-image.jpg [IMG]

05-29-2015, 10:52 PM
Wow looking very good.

05-29-2015, 10:54 PM
I have done zero portraits with a brush and acrylics, so I have a lot to learn.

Charlie's Mum
05-30-2015, 01:11 PM
Piercing eyes!
I like the way you're approaching this with bold blocks and shapes of colour - it could stand as is if you so wished!:)
I suggest cropping out the background painting though so only this painting shows - extraneous material distracts!:)

05-30-2015, 01:18 PM
I like it.

05-31-2015, 06:00 AM

05-31-2015, 07:17 AM
Striking and great energy. Bold. Very nicely done.

Lady Carol
05-31-2015, 08:45 AM
This is exceptional. I especially like the slightly off center of this.

05-31-2015, 04:57 PM
Great portrait. Good brushwork and tonal values. Maybe the blue of the eyes should be greyed down a bit (and lightened)?

05-31-2015, 07:25 PM
Yeah, the blue in the eyes is TOTALLY too saturated.

05-31-2015, 07:39 PM

Jon Bradley
06-01-2015, 06:30 AM
Very well done.

Sensing some experience with the color choice on the features and the brushwork. B)

His eyes might look that way, guys!

06-01-2015, 01:54 PM
The color choice was based on the Zorn palette which I learned about taking the Will Kemp Art School class on portrait painting. I have some understanding of what human flesh looks like, yes, but my historical tendency has been to make it WAY too saturated. As it is, this picture may still be a bit highly saturated but not in an offensive way.

06-01-2015, 05:33 PM
I will do this same portrait a couple times more. I agree with people who say the blocks of color are kind of a nice effect, but I am trying to learn methodologies to blend acrylics better. In this painting I was struggling so much to get the values correct that I could not blend much. I think you have to work pretty fast and confident and have your paints all ready to go to have much hope blending, and I am not that organized yet. I will work on this a bit more, probably practice on another small one and then to a 24x30 or so rendition of the same thing.

06-02-2015, 10:09 AM
Nicely done with the Zorn palette!

06-02-2015, 04:31 PM
powerful block painting. I am not sure about cutting it off at the bottom.

06-02-2015, 06:28 PM
Yeah, it is definitely an unusual way to compose a portrait.

06-04-2015, 10:54 PM
Here is something vaguely similar I did in pencil in a bar at the hotel at lake louise in british columbia:


06-05-2015, 04:01 PM
Some. More progress. I feel I am really struggling wit thishttp://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/05-Jun-2015/1969956-image.jpg

06-05-2015, 10:52 PM
Love it!

chammi kaiser
06-07-2015, 07:13 AM
I think this is a terrific painting. It comes across as powerful and striking with those blocks of colour.

06-08-2015, 05:36 AM
I'm also doing a lot of acrylic portraits and I find this artist very interesting http://vampirehungerstrike.deviantart.com/gallery/

06-08-2015, 10:28 AM
Yeah, interestingly I had already subscribed to Vampirehungerstrike, and I agree his portraits (or her, I don't really know) are really good. All oils though I think.