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10-01-2015, 07:25 AM
This month's project, well one of them, is portraits.

I will post about 6 photos from the RIL to inspire you to make a start. You can paint or draw in any medium or style.

BUT, the added challenge this month is to get out your oil paints, if you have them, and try some oil paint portraits....using underpainting or direct painting.

An extra challenge, if you want to do it, is to paint in the style of a classical, impressionist, or expressionist painter.

If you are not inspired by these particular photos, feel free to add your own subject matter. The main idea is to make a start on portrait painting!!!

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10-01-2015, 07:27 AM
Here are the photos to get you thinking portraits. All from the RIL on wetcanvas.




Three more to come....

10-01-2015, 07:29 AM
More people:




Happy painting or drawing!!

Post your artwork in this thread...

10-01-2015, 10:14 PM
these are wonderful photos to choose from June !! I would like to
try an impressionistic painting of the girl with the dog by lisilk..
i do not have oils, but i do have some acrylics...somewhere:smug:..
hope this will do !! tyree:wave:

10-06-2015, 09:44 PM
Colored Pencil and Oil Pastel on Colored Cardstock, reference photo from Pixabay. I have oil paints that I havent used in a while, may try for another portrait if I have time.

10-07-2015, 12:07 AM
Lovely brown colours in this portrait raini! Her eyes are beautiful! Good work with oil pastels! :clap: she looks as if she is bursting out of the picture to come and talk to us.:thumbsup::clear: :clear:

10-07-2015, 04:55 AM
Nice work, Raini. I am quite a fan of coloured pencil. And oil pastel for that matter, although I can't get any results out of it myself!

Here's a quick portrait sketch after one of the photos posted. A bit inaccurate, but I have learned to live with that; in almost thirty years of drawing I could never master accuracy, so I don't bother to try anymore.


I decided to experiment a bit with smudging around the graphite with a piece of tissue paper. It creates interesting effects and makes for good speed in a drawing.

10-07-2015, 07:01 AM
Nice sketch Brian, I like your smudging effect very much. You have caught the likeness of the man...and I think I will adopt your take on accuracy....life is short, might as we'll enjoy the ride eh!

10-07-2015, 10:09 AM
raini...that portrait is stunning...excellent work !!!
brian...great likeness, and I like the blending too !!

10-08-2015, 02:22 AM
And another one. I made her look too old, a mistake that often happens:


10-09-2015, 08:45 AM
Love your pencil portraits Brian, and the smudging with tissue looks so effective for shading. Softens the look.

10-24-2015, 06:35 PM
Oil Pastel and Colored Pencil on Strathmore Pastel Paper 9x11- I did this for WDE yesterday, thought I would share

10-25-2015, 08:28 AM
A beautiful portrait, capturing the child perfectly.

10-25-2015, 08:39 AM
Here's what I've done in alkyd oils so far. Using layering.




I haven't use oils in years. This is 9 by 12 ins on canvas.

I wanted to try the layering technique with oils, but I think I prefer direct painting, or maybe a tonal sketch and one layer of thick paint.

For me, layering just gives me an excuse to fiddle...not always a good thing!


10-25-2015, 10:51 AM
Beautifully done! You have caught her expression and I love the soft tones. Thanks for sharing your layering process, something I've been trying to focus on!

11-02-2015, 06:27 AM
I got these study sketches friday....and am hoping to get an acrylic piece soon.

These other photos are great.....Let's continue this thread another month?http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/02-Nov-2015/88676-sketches-grannie.gif http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/02-Nov-2015/88676-sketchgrannie.gif http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/02-Nov-2015/88676-twinksdinks.gif

I got this photo from a blog page I stumbled on called Twinks and Dinks.......she has some really nice photos of the children.....she has given me permission to us this for this portrait.....

11-02-2015, 06:37 AM
Nagel - interesting portrait,, good work….love the way the purple lingers after I’ve looked at the portrait…….and the piece is so balanced I MUST view it as a whole….nice…nice Icy blue eskimo…..great portrial of the facial features, that is not easy, but you got it.

Brian- hey, I like this because it looks like a still pose but there is inner movement some how….and very interesting unusual emotion.l. Like What is he looking at???
Oh, I like the thin lines with the smudgies. you captured the delicacy of the face nicely with this techinique

Yep, what you guys said about accuracy……art is not for critics………art is for appreciation…

June - very nice go…..really got nice shading on the bonnet ruffel and then presence of the light and heat. good sensitivity to the body language and…hey, this is great stuff!!!!

11-02-2015, 10:11 AM
Hey Robin, glad you joined us😀, and thanks for your kind comments! Your sketches look great...what an interesting pic to work from, hope to see your acrylic piece ...maybe you could do a WIP series.
Don't know if we can go another month...June...what say you?

11-03-2015, 08:23 AM
Another month on portraits is good!

Robin I love your expressionist handling of the mother and child. A great reference photo to work from.

I may add a few layers to my pink hat girl...

Actually, I'd prefer to redo her in a rainbow of colour. We'll see.

11-03-2015, 08:26 AM
Have to add, I got a simple book on anatomy because I had problems with the child's neck area. The book didn't help, but I think I'm nearer a solution.

The book will no doubt be handy for more realism in portraits and figures. Even if I do the colour expressionistically/abstractly in future.

11-05-2015, 05:26 AM
Hi everybody. I painted this tiny 12x9 from life two days ago. It took me around 2,5 hours.


11-08-2015, 05:42 PM
Hugo - very interesting portrait.......reminesent of the MONA....a bit
She had a really interesting expression...

Here are a couple more studies and a WIP in acrylic....waitting for it to dry for the finishing.....http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/08-Nov-2015/88676-dratoes.gif http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/08-Nov-2015/88676-wipdragonhands.gif http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/08-Nov-2015/88676-dragontoes.gif

11-09-2015, 06:34 AM
Hi Hugo! Lovely direct painting technique. Beautiful face!

11-09-2015, 06:35 AM
Robin, I am enjoying seeing the development of the painting.

11-13-2015, 08:25 AM
Hugo, lovely painting, I like the way you caught the light in her hair!
Robin, interesting progress, cant wait to see more!
Here is an Oil Pastel on Sketch Paper

11-13-2015, 08:31 AM
Got his right eye a bit high I think, or his left a little too low/large? Angles and me are like oil and water lol!

11-13-2015, 12:19 PM
I love this intimate portrait of the bearded guy, Raini. Beautiful textures in his beard and the wrinkles of his skin. He has lovely smiling eyes. You have a wonderful way with OPs.

11-13-2015, 06:12 PM
Thanks June, I still struggle with blending...it's so easy to turn to mud! The reference photo was cyanatope? I think as he was blue/green skin tone. Here is the original

11-15-2015, 07:36 AM
You captured a very good likeness!

11-15-2015, 07:40 AM
Here's my update on my version child in pink hat using layering with alkyd oils.


I took the photo in poor light..but its very wintry here at the moment.

I won't do any more to it I reckon. As an exercise in layering, it was good to experiment with a limited palette...3 colours. Vermillion, cerulean, yellow ochre plus white.

11-15-2015, 10:42 AM
Raini - weathered, wrinkled mysterious face......makes me feel all fairytalish inside

June - the darker tones are giving weight and bringing out the whites nice, the gaze is still the place of rest and wonder.....the whisps of movment to the right are a lovely tender voice.....

12-26-2015, 08:23 AM
And another one. I made her look too old, a mistake that often happens:


No mistake in my opinion. It turned out very nice. I like the use of the lines.

-Roz Abellera

12-20-2016, 08:10 AM
Picasso, 11x15, watercolor, nov 18,2016.
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/20-Dec-2016/1981025-1-Pablo_Picasso.jpg http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/20-Dec-2016/1981025-1-Picasso,_11x15,_watercolor,_nov_18,2016.DSCN05452.jpg

12-20-2016, 08:15 AM
Lombardi. 11x15, gouache on paper, feb 28, 2016.
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/20-Dec-2016/1981025-lombardi11x15.jpg http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/20-Dec-2016/1981025-1-Lombardi._11x15,_gouache_on_paper,_feb_28,_2016.DSCN0084.jpg

12-20-2016, 08:22 AM
Frida, 11x15, gouache, feb 26, 2016.
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/20-Dec-2016/1981025-15x11.5_Frida.jpg http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/20-Dec-2016/1981025-1.Frida,_11x15,_gouache,_feb_26,_2016.DSCN0080A.jpg

12-20-2016, 08:26 AM
Cape Breton Fisherman, 9x12, gouache, july 31, 2016.

12-20-2016, 08:29 AM
Warhol With Flowers II, 15x22, gouache, feb 24, 2016.

12-20-2016, 08:33 AM
Dad - april, 1992, Yuma, AZ, 11x15, gouache watercolor, july 1, 2016.
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/20-Dec-2016/1981025-1-Dad,_Yuma,_AZ,_apr_1992.DSCN2098-11x15inch.jpg http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/20-Dec-2016/1981025-1.1-Dad_-_april,_1992,_Yuma,_AZ,_11x15,_gouache_watercolor,_july_1,_2016.IMG_0526.JPG

12-20-2016, 08:38 AM
Homage to Vermeer - Girl With A Pearl Earring, 11x14, oil, july 13, 2016.

12-20-2016, 08:46 AM
Ray - 11x15, gouache, feb 29, 2016.

12-20-2016, 08:49 AM
Texas Cowboy - Clarence Hailey Long, 1949. based on photo by Leonard McCombe. 12x15, graphite pencil, july 21, 2016.
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/20-Dec-2016/1981025-Portrait_of_Texas_Cowboy_Clarence_Hailey_Long,_1949.11x14.74_inches.jpg http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/20-Dec-2016/1981025-1.1-Texas_Cowboy_-_Clarence_Hailey_Long,_1949._based_on_photo_by_Leonard_McCombe._12x15,_graphite_pencil,_july_21,_2016.DSCN0174.jpg

12-20-2016, 08:52 AM
The Cattleman.14x17, graphite pencil, april 23, 2016.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/20-Dec-2016/1981025-The_Cattleman.11.5x17.1inches.jpg http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/20-Dec-2016/1981025-1.1-The_Cattleman.14x17,_graphite_pencil,_april_23,_2016.DSCN0537.jpg

12-21-2016, 03:03 AM
WOW Saluki, you have been very busy! I love the bold contemporary colourful style. It suites the modern artists' portraits, especially Picasso and Warhol. I love the pencil sketches also. The cattleman is full of character.

12-21-2016, 07:32 AM
Thanks - glad you enjoy my efforts. :) This year I've been doing a series of "Homage to Artists" whose work I like and admire. Currently working on one of Carmen Herrera in gouache.

12-21-2016, 11:30 AM
I've beeb doing portraits of artists I like and whose work I admire. I finished the latest one this morning. It's of the Cuban-American artist, Carmen Hererra. I based it on a B&W photo taken around 1950 and used one of her early pieces as a backdrop.
Carmen Herrera - 1950, 16x20, gouache, dec 21, 2016.