View Full Version : WIP - Portrait of Sydney

09-03-2005, 10:18 PM
Hello All!! :wave:

It seems a lifetime since I've posted! After two months, I'm finally picking up the brushes again! I quit the job that was taking so much of my time and decided to keep painting. I just love it too much to give it up for another 20 years!

I've started a new piece, my little God daughter Sydney. About a year ago, I painted her sister and called it "First Communion" -- this is going to be a birthday gift for her mom.

I don't feel quite so comfortable picking up the brushes again, even though it hasn't been that long it's unnerving. I only hope it starts to click again quick~

Here are the first couple of pics, please keep in mind this is only the beginning stages:


purple shadows -- this is where I try and find the true contours of the face that make up the individuals personality.


The begining of flesh tones. Everything looks so funky right now I'm not sure this is going to work out. I'll start detailing tomorrow and see if it helps.

Comments and critiques are welcome. Be brutal!

09-04-2005, 03:25 AM
This is wonderful, Genna - lovely skin tones.

I have moved this to the "Studio"


09-04-2005, 03:42 AM
Genna this is going to be beautiful as always..:) It sure is clicking g/f!!

09-04-2005, 04:58 AM
Hi Genna,

Welcome back! I'm glad you'll have more time for painting now, you are too talented to let those brushes stay dry for so long. :angel:

Looks like you are off to a good start with Sydney's portrait. Love your purple underpainting.


09-04-2005, 06:54 AM
Good thing you picked up your brushes again!!
Looking excellent so far :clap:



09-04-2005, 06:55 AM
Been to your website!
WOW very impressive!!



09-04-2005, 08:37 AM
Hello Genna,

Nice to see a new painting of yours, I will be take much attention at this WIP. :clap:
Because of work and preparing to go back to university I haven't touched my portrait, but I will.

Strawberry Wine
09-04-2005, 08:54 AM
Welcome back Genna!

You have a great start with this portrait of Sydney, I don't think you have lost your touch.

Watching with interest



09-04-2005, 09:33 AM
Doug, I didn't even realize there was a studio section now! See how long I've been away!!!

JJ! So nice to see you again! I only hope I can get my confidence back. I can't believe how shaky I feel doing this!!!

Hi Sylvia. Thanks for looking in, Hopefully they will never be dry again! It was killing me seeing all those paint supplies sitting on my table and working 3 feet away from them.

Jutta, Thank you for checking out my website... I just came off of yours and needed to pick my jaw up off the floor. YOUR WORK IS AMAZING!!!! What is your medium?

Sandro, Heading back to your studies? Good for you! I'm sure you'll find more time to paint!! Good luck. Thanks for looking in.

09-04-2005, 09:39 AM
Oh wow Genna! I love it. I am bad in portraits and admire it so much. Did you draw by a photo, did you trace or draw freehand? I know what you mean by abandoning your art. Please don't!

09-04-2005, 09:51 AM
Genna, good to see you again, and sounds like we'll be in for more of your lovely paintings! Staying tuned to watch!


09-04-2005, 12:01 PM
Genna, so glad to see you back!! Your portraits are amazing! :) :clap: :clap:

09-04-2005, 01:02 PM
Olga, Thank you very much for joining in! As far as the drawing goes... I usually draw (via grid) on tissue paper then re-trace the drawing once it's how I want it to the paper. It kind of depends on what I'm working on. With flowers it's more freehand and with portraits it's more structured grid.

Patty and Patty, I really missed all this! Thank you so much for dropping in! This is going rather slow though. I feel so rusty.

09-04-2005, 04:16 PM
Hellow All! I managed to work in a bit more time today! Here's where I stand today! Now it's off to the in-laws!!! I'm happier with this... it's starting to look more like her.


09-04-2005, 05:18 PM
Good to see you painting again, Caroline. It's good to watch this little beauty progressing. :clap: :clap: :clap:

09-04-2005, 08:47 PM
You make it look so easy..:)

Ian Bruce
09-04-2005, 11:25 PM
I wish I could get paint to do that! Coming along very well.

09-05-2005, 04:22 AM
I was hoping that it was a flower she had in her hand :) What a lovely portrait!! You have such a nice touch with childrens portraits, i love them so much :clap: :clap:

And as JJ said: you make it look so easy, must be because you put so much love in these paintings, it shows!

Oh, thanks for stopping by my website, these are mostly digital paintings, 3d modelworks and a few photographs.



09-05-2005, 08:11 AM
Hi Genna... nope... you've certainly not lost your touch! Glad to see you've picked up your brushes again... Sydney's pouty expression is priceless...

09-06-2005, 11:51 AM
Good morning To all!

Here is a new update! I've almost completed her hair and dress. Then a few more touchups on the face and hands and it's background time! This is actually moving faster than I thought it would. I was so hesitant to start and really wondered if I could get back to where I was.
Thank goodness I'm getting more comfortable each time I pick up the brushes.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/06-Sep-2005/23842-4.jpg http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/06-Sep-2005/23842-5-detail.jpg

Char, your absolutely right! She has a constant pout! Her mom and I were laughing about it when we saw the pictures.

Jutta, Yes! it is a a cornflower (I think). I loved the way her hands were holding it. You think I make this look EASY???? Heck! I've been sweating the whole time!!! ;)

Thank you Ian, that's very kind of you.

JJ, thanks for your support! Dieter! Hello to you too! It's been forever! Thanks for stopping by!

09-06-2005, 12:22 PM
Delightful! :clap: :clap:


09-06-2005, 02:56 PM
Delightful! :clap: :clap:


I second that!!!



T Christensen
09-06-2005, 06:15 PM
I third that !!!!!!!!!!!!!


09-06-2005, 06:37 PM

What colors did you use for her hair? I have a portrait to do and the little girl has that color hair. Is it yellow ochre, burnt umber & purple? P.S. I am just now doing your portrait tutorial with anoter picture, and your instructions are wonderful.


Lynn Quinn
09-06-2005, 06:47 PM
Looking good so far. I'll be watching with interest!

09-06-2005, 09:26 PM
Oh she is looking beautiful She is holding a coneflower..;) Echineacia..

Ellen in Ont
09-07-2005, 12:14 AM
Hi Genna,
Glad to see you back. I don't doubt that everything will come back to you quickly. :D I'll be watching this as well. Great start!

09-07-2005, 09:21 AM
Hi Genna... I love following your threads...

It could just be me... but, would you take a look at Sydney's jaw line... it seems a little harsh... as though her face were pasted on her neck... you might considering softening that line a bit...

And, I want to know what colours you use for blonde hair as well... the last time I did blondes, I made their hair WAY to red...

09-07-2005, 10:34 AM
Hello again! :wave:

I've been working on the tweaking and background. As always, my first few washes of the background always look splotchy and messy to me. I'll go over it again to blend more neatly once everything is totally dry. I'll also need to blend her hair out a little so she doesn't look too cut into the background.

I've also added another closeup. Here eyes look a little more alive now.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/07-Sep-2005/23842-6.jpg http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/07-Sep-2005/23842-6-detail.jpg

I tried something different for her hair. I'm not sure I'm happy with it but...it was done as follows:
First I blocked in Yellow ochre with a TOUCH of purple to tone down the brashness. Light washes in the mid tone and shadow areas. I left some areas plain white to look like the shine throughout her curls.
Then Burnt Umber and a bit of ultramarine blue to shadow areas.

Using a 0 brush and blending my strokes with a damp clean round brush.

Hope this helps.

Char, I forgot all about her neck! Thank you so much. You're right, now that you mention it... it's all I see :eek: !

JJ Whoops! Coneflower! Yeah that's it!! :D

Hi Ellen! Thanks for stopping by! Glad you were able to get a look at her!

Lois, thank you so much! I'm glad they could be of help! You also picked off the colors perfectly! Just tone down the burnt umber with a bit of blue.

MLQ & TerryC Thank you very much!

Hi Doug! Good to hear from you again!!

09-07-2005, 10:15 PM
Oh My just beautiful !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Thanks for telling us your hair ecipe too have saved it. Blonde hair is hard to paint..;)

Proverbs 3:5-6
09-08-2005, 12:33 AM
Looks good!!!! :clap: :clap: :clap: Her eyes look much better after the change!!


09-08-2005, 03:51 AM
This looks wonderful :clap: :clap: :clap:

Teriffic hair and skin tones - and that look! :D


09-08-2005, 08:23 AM
FANTASTIC!!!!! Wonderful expression. I love it! :clap: :clap: