View Full Version : Op's challenge and chat for October

09-27-2019, 08:37 AM
It's October already!
My theme for this month is COSTUMES
There are so many reference photos in the RIL and pixabay that I had difficulty choosing what I should post. You are welcome to choose your own references or combine, crop and change these pics.
Here are some ideas
A scarecrow for the landscapers
Bathing costumes - for this challenge, let's stick to the old fashioned ones:lol:
A old diver suit
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/27-Sep-2019/1256189-dancer-2471026_960_720pbay.jpg http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/27-Sep-2019/1256189-chaplin_chia_ril.jpg
Traditional dress
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/27-Sep-2019/1256189-costume-4025839_960_720pbay.jpg http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/27-Sep-2019/1256189-women-52713_960_720pbay.jpg
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/27-Sep-2019/1256189-harlequin-2245656_960_720pbay.jpg http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/27-Sep-2019/1256189-lose-up-3795489_960_720pbay.jpg http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/27-Sep-2019/1256189-man-1923559_960_720pbay.jpg http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/27-Sep-2019/1256189-the-wizard-of-oz-516791_960_720pbay.jpg
Have fun!

09-30-2019, 06:24 AM
OMG YES! I shall paint some costumed men, whoop! Thanks, tuscanny!

09-30-2019, 08:51 AM
Looking forward to seeing your work, Sarah!

09-30-2019, 01:28 PM
:clap: Excited!

I also meant to say, let me know when you'd next like me to host one.

09-30-2019, 01:41 PM
I'd be happy if you host November:)

10-01-2019, 04:51 AM
You got it :thumbsup:

10-01-2019, 03:19 PM
Thank you Christel! Creative choices....and challenging!

Can't wait to see your work Sarah!


10-02-2019, 12:14 AM
Looking forward to seeing your costume design, Mary!

10-02-2019, 02:46 AM
Both A4
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/02-Oct-2019/1256189-ops_a4_chia_rils.jpg http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/02-Oct-2019/1256189-a4_ops_pbays.jpg

10-02-2019, 05:02 AM
Lovely work, tuscanny!

10-02-2019, 11:55 AM
Thanks Sarah!

10-02-2019, 02:33 PM
ooo, this looks like fun! Costumes, masks, fantasy... great set of refs here, Christel.

I love your Charlie Chaplin! Looks great. I like your interpretation of the beer maidens, as well. Nice way to kick off the challenge!

10-02-2019, 05:06 PM
Those are wonderful! You work quickly and well!

Charlie's hair looks very "scrunchy" and the hat is sitting just right.

The beer ladies have great details and such happy expressions.

I think we have that beer stein! :lol:


10-03-2019, 12:37 AM
Thanks Terri and Mary! Prost! (Cheers!)

10-03-2019, 04:59 AM
My first dude is done!

Sennelier white, deep red, and yellow ochre, and Pentel black oil pastels on Clairefontaine Pastelmat, 6" x 9". Oh, and the black Derwent drawing pencil for his tattoos. I looked at some masks for ideas, but otherwise no references:


10-03-2019, 05:18 AM
Wow! Well done! I like your color combination!

10-03-2019, 10:01 AM
Holy cow, Sarah!

The tattoos and mask are great and your lines are so neat and clean!
The colors are very dramatic especially on your dark background.

He is definitely set for Halloween. 🎃

I'll slink back to my sketch now...;)


10-03-2019, 03:03 PM
Wonderful, Sarah! He is magnificent. Love the whole concept. Great job with this limited palette, too. Love it!

10-07-2019, 11:08 AM
This is an exciting challenge!

You’re both off to a fabulous start Christel and Sarah!! Well done!

10-07-2019, 02:21 PM
A3. That face wasn't easy!

10-07-2019, 04:37 PM
It doesn't look easy, either - I struggle with too much detail in smaller compositions like this, but you seem to hit that magic spot. Great detail in the clothing, too. Looks terrific!

Beautiful background here. Although I can't quite figure out what this costume is. :lol: That's on me! My first thought was lumberjack, because of the tree trunk, but now he looks like a swordsman.

10-07-2019, 09:37 PM
That is beautiful, Christel. I love the trees, and the figure is wonderful with his puzzled expression.

Looks like the Lord of the manor is wondering what happened to his mighty oaks? Or pines! ;)

Mary Flora

10-08-2019, 12:15 AM
Thanks Terri and Mary! That costume definitely falls under fantasy:lol:

10-09-2019, 02:19 PM
I will have to call this one: "Lost a Bet". :lol:


This is 9x12" Arches oil paper. After the initial sketch, where I made the face much friendlier, I decided it would be more interesting if the subject didn't look exactly happy to be there. Hopefully he comes across as funny but maybe a little creepy at the same time. :D

Edited to add: this is mostly Mungyo Gallery op's, but there is a lot of Senns pale blue to facilitate blending with Mungyo sky blue (virtually the same hue). I can see the reflected light in the photo, my usual bane when photographing the oil-rich Senns.

10-09-2019, 04:19 PM
Christel, thanks for hosting this month and unusual month's theme! ;)
I'll try to participate though my work isn't leaving me time to paint at the moment...

I really like your Charlie Chaplin - the pose, the light - all so natural!

Sarah, gorgeous man :heart: love the style, the masculine charisma and the way his clothing disappears in the shadows.

Christel, awesome painting of this swordsman (face and hairstyle makes me think of a Japanese samurai, but the clothes I think are European) - very beautiful details both on the costume and on the landscape. And you say it had no reference, wow! You've created a beautiful scene!

Terri, haha yes it does come across both as funny and creepy :lol: very creative approach! ;)

10-09-2019, 07:40 PM
Thanks, Mira! Hope you can get some more painting in this month.

10-10-2019, 12:52 AM
Well done on your dancer, Terri! The hands and face look cool and the costume has great texture.
Mira - thanks! Hope you find some time to paint something.

10-10-2019, 11:39 AM
Thanks very much, guys! :grouphug:

Love your latest, tuscanny; he looks so deep in thought. Excellent work!

terriks, your painting is just perfect. It definitely has a creepy edge, kind of like a bad dream. Your style is clear in the application too.

10-10-2019, 04:42 PM
Thank you Terri and Christel - I've just finished my beach scene for the September challenge (http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showthread.php?p=21676519#post21676519) :)

I really want to do a male nude (he's been waiting for me for half a year! A great reference picture) and some not complicated costume for this month :) haven't decided yet if it will be a native American (love their costumes!) or maybe a princess :D

10-11-2019, 12:24 AM
Thanks Sarah!

10-12-2019, 05:33 PM
Christel, Sarah - thank you both!

10-12-2019, 09:46 PM
Terri, you painted power and grace wrapped in a perfect pink tutu! :lol:

It is totally fun with amazing smooth blue within blue background.

Love the overhead lighting!

Mary Flora

10-13-2019, 03:32 PM
Grandma Minnie....walks at midnight...full disclosure - she walks during the day too. ;) Your thoughts and ideas always welcome! :)


Thank you, Mary Flora

10-13-2019, 05:21 PM
Mary, thanks for the kind words! Glad the painting gave you a chuckle. The lights were kind of an afterthought, happy you like them. :)

I just love Grandma Minnie! The ears coming through the cutouts in the hat are wonderful. The whole painting makes me smile, with its lovely palette.

Very pretty moon and clouds here, too. She is wandering about her pasture under the full moon, with the lake behind her. She looks like she could be a character in a children's storybook, "The Adventures of Grandma Minnie!" :thumbsup:

10-14-2019, 12:21 AM
Love it! Beautiful palette and great values. Well done.

10-14-2019, 02:43 AM
Nice topic. I hope to give the gladiator in red a try - looks like a gladiator to me :)

10-14-2019, 02:48 AM
Perfect, made me smile :)

10-14-2019, 02:49 AM
i like your dude!

10-14-2019, 01:11 PM
Thanks Jennie! Looking forward to your gladiator/soldier.

10-16-2019, 08:18 AM
Thank you, Christel, Jennie, and Terri! Christel's reference of the two older women in period dress were the inspiration. I chickened out, however, in trying to do the small checked print! Too scary!

Minnie is an elderly and very small pony who lives on our farm with 7 other well loved ponies and donkey. Minnie loves kids and would totally agree that she belongs in a children's book! ;)

These challenges always teach me something new, for instance, my doughnut hole cutter is no longer perfectly round (see moon). It also isn't true that you bleed when snapping one of your four precious Holbeins in pieces - that's just an urban legend! :lol:


10-21-2019, 04:31 PM
Mary, your Grandma Minnie is so cute! Lovely painting and colors! :wink2:

It also isn't true that you bleed when snapping one of your four precious Holbeins in pieces - that's just an urban legend! :lol:

:lol: :lol: :lol: I have the smallest set of Holbeins (15 pcs; actually just halves) and... I have to say I don't care for them - too easy to get them stained!

I was thinking hard to come up with an easier idea for this challenge... and I've found it! I've painted Uchiha Sasuke, one of the key characters in the anime "Naruto Shippuden". It IS a costume, isn't it? In a way :wink2:

It's A3, so it was a piece of cake: no complicated details, flat simple colors... his face is a bit too narrow and it makes him look too young, but oh well.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/21-Oct-2019/2115959-D9Po8t55PL8.jpg http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/21-Oct-2019/2115959-XmVXZ72cuLE.jpg

10-22-2019, 12:55 AM
Great painting, Mira! Btw, what is that red/white orb?

10-22-2019, 05:35 AM
Minnie is just wonderful, MaryFlora!

Very nicely done, Mira!

10-22-2019, 03:25 PM
Mira, yes, it's definitely worthy of a costume! But I'm with Christel, wondering what the red thing is?

10-25-2019, 04:40 PM
Thank you, guys! :)
The white/red thing is the symbol of the clan the guys belongs to. He is Sasuke from the anime "Naruto", and his clan plays a very important role in this anime.

10-25-2019, 07:57 PM
Thank you, Sarah and Mira! Minnie was fun to "dress up"!

Mira, your figure, Uchiha, is terrific! He has an intense stare and the rope is great! The red and white symbol looks like the fishing bobbers that are in the fishing tackle boxes in the garage. ;)

I have enjoyed using the four Holbein colors in my box: white, sienna, a medium dark taupe, and a beautiful deep indigo, but they are really out of my budget. Minnie and her friends like to eat - everyday! :lol:


10-28-2019, 07:03 AM
Really wanted to do a more detailed work. 20 minutes tonight was all i could manage. Very abstract. http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/28-Oct-2019/2064401-1572257003245.jpg

10-28-2019, 10:46 AM
Abstract, but colorful and still identifiable. I like your support with the words in the background, adds another element.

For 20 minutes of work, this is really cool! Love the black outlines.

10-28-2019, 01:40 PM
Cool sketch, Jennie. I like your abstract version of the soldier.

10-28-2019, 04:56 PM
Thanks Terri, it started a few years ago so I wasn't wasting paper on experiments.

I discovered a few new things as I did this quick one. So it was a double bonus.

10-28-2019, 04:58 PM
Thanks Christel. I am working on my abstract style. I enjoyed making these marks quickly.

10-29-2019, 10:01 AM
Your abstract soldier has flair, Jennie.

Wonderful how you interpreted the reference!

Invigorating! :)