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A Few Pigments
06-22-2005, 01:22 AM
I found the photograph below in the RIL here at good old WC. The photograph is by our own Lakhu and itís called The Shepherd. This is the link to it in the RIL http://www.wetcanvas.com/RefLib/showphoto.php?photo=45500&size=big&sort=1&cat=577&page=1

Iím just painting the face in this photo for now to gain a better understanding of the structure of the face. Then I plan to do a larger painting of the full figure in the field.

This is the crop Iím working from. Itís posted here full size.


This is my first scan of my progress.


This is my progress to date.


The only problems Iíve had so far with this are the eyes and everything else. So this should be an easy portrait.

06-22-2005, 02:13 AM
Hi Bruce....great photo....and you have started well with the face....interesting to see the order.....you leave the eyes until last....whereas I start with the eyes....and work outwards....I must try that.... :D ...I like the paint application on the cheeks and beard.....and the features are looking good........
cheers kim

06-24-2005, 08:57 AM
Good job Bruce.
Like you I always paint the eyes last, or more or less.
The paint application on the skin is formidable.

A Few Pigments
06-24-2005, 05:11 PM
Hi Gilberte I think the way I apply the paint will make or break this painting. Iím trying to give a rough look to the paint to make his skin look rough and weathered. This will be a difficult balancing act to use thick paint to keep a rough look, but not make him look ugly. The journey continues.

Hi Kim, I donít really have a set order for painting portraits yet. I did my first serious one last month;
Lauren3 in red and green http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showthread.php?t=271131
Lauren3 in red and green http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showthread.php?t=271274

I was amazed at how the painting came alive after I painted the eyes, so Iím thinking I should try your way of doing the eyes first.

06-24-2005, 08:28 PM
Hi Bruce.....I remember that painting of Lauren.....I suppose it doesn't matter what order as long as you get the results.....and hers eyes were good in that portrait....but then some eyes are better than others to paint too...
cheers kim

A Few Pigments
06-24-2005, 09:27 PM
Originally posted by laketrees
but then some eyes are better than others to paint too...

I seeÖ :wave: :D :) :wink2:

A Few Pigments
01-20-2006, 03:20 AM
I had a chance to work on this again. Still a lot to do. I’m having a problem getting the values right in the face. C & c welcome.


PS. This looks darker on my monitor then it does in real life. I don’t know if it will on anyone else’s monitor.

01-20-2006, 05:15 AM
Pretty good Bruce just something about the nose that bothers me :p

01-20-2006, 07:47 AM
Bruce...You have a great start and it does look dark to me too.... but I think getting some hi-lights on it will solve that problem. The nose especially needs to have some bright light on it to make it protrude. What a terrific face he has! Donna

01-20-2006, 01:21 PM
Hi Bruce,
I really love the painting but must comment on the nose and mouth placement. Look at your photo closely you will see that the right side of the mouth is directly vertical to the side of the nose not towards the middel. Also the nose does not come down straight. In your first drawings you had it right except for the mouth. Just take another look at placement of the nose,mouth and eye width. A little adjusting and you will have a wonderful painting. Thanks for sharing it with us.

A Few Pigments
01-21-2006, 04:43 PM
Hi Gilberte,
They say the nose knows. Iíll just keep working on it till I get it right.

Hi Constellation,
Thank you for your help. I do need to sort out the lighter values. This is a very tricky light to work with. His face is darker near the hat and thereís a lot of white in his beard and the contrast betwixt the two makes it difficult to get the other values right

Hi Firespirit,
Thank you for your help. Youíre right about the nose and mouth. Iíve never painted a man with a beard before. This should be good practice for painting SantaÖlol. I hope I will end up with a wonderful painting.