View Full Version : Back to school. WIP

01-10-2006, 10:45 AM
I have been working on the portrait series of earthquake survivors. So here is another. As I said earlier that every buiding in the region is distroyed. Including schools and hospitals, so many students died in the schools as their parents just dropped them in the schools and after about an hour, the quake hit. Due to damaged roads, heavy mechines couldnot reach at the spot to rescue them. Same with hospitals.

Now we need schools for the children. We dont have buildings so we arranged the teachers and they are teaching them with out any building, under the sky.

Here is the ref image of the child whom portrait I have painted.


Here is the progress so far.


Closeup of the face.


01-10-2006, 12:11 PM
really coming along, lovely reference to work with......i love the use of purple in the face....
my only advice is to use a broader brush size and a little less transparency on the hair, as it will give you a much more realistically looking tone to the body of the hair, you can then add the highlights in smaller brushstrokes later......i also did notice where the jumper meets the face, on the left, it doesn`t in the reference, it does make it look like she has a short neck....but apart from that great work.....be great to see it finished


01-10-2006, 02:42 PM
I like the blending you did with the oranges. I think that look would make this portrait stand out even more. This girl has a lovely and beautiful face and her eyes shows that there is hope.

Besides what Krispee mentioned, I think that on the pants (the front area of her legs), the brushstrokes should go sideways following the contour, just as it appears in the photo reference.

01-10-2006, 02:58 PM
nice start maria...:). im sure ull take care of the issues mentioned above. and i know ull show a very nice result once its done. all the best...:wave:.

01-10-2006, 06:18 PM
Maria, I like the eyes the most.
Hard subject to paint, but you are doing wonderfully. Such a pretty little girl.

01-10-2006, 10:11 PM
Thanks Krispee, Janet, Waheed and Annie for looking an commenting. About hair I would say that I did them in a bit loose style. I will try to add the detail but not much. About neck, it is fixed as this is a progress.

Janet, about pants, I would say that when I lay the basic layer, I seldome care for the strokes and drawing. I fix these in the blending.

Thanks Waheed bhai and Annie. Annie, its a hard subject but lovely one also.

Here is the more progress.

Now you can see I adjusted the pants, the face and the shirt also. I made the background wider also.


Close up of hands.


Shan Khurram
01-10-2006, 10:37 PM
Maria, love her eyes hair. The fabric look really soft. :clap: :clap:

01-10-2006, 10:54 PM
Looking good Maria! ;o)

01-10-2006, 10:56 PM
Awsome as usual Maria!

01-11-2006, 12:56 AM
I like it better now with the wider background.

01-11-2006, 08:33 AM
Very nice, Maria! These paintings will be a tribute to your countrymen...to their courage, determination and generosity.

01-11-2006, 11:06 AM
Looks great Maria :)

01-11-2006, 03:46 PM
Maria, you do such wonderful work. I love your portraits! This one is exceptional, amazing color work!

01-11-2006, 03:53 PM
Beautiful Portrait Maria! Thanks for sharing this very nicely done painting!

01-11-2006, 06:18 PM
Maria, you never miss! Your work is always so interesting to view. I like this one alot!:)

01-12-2006, 11:34 AM
Mom, Marge, Smokin, Janet, Kristen, Jean, Kirk, Haileyzworld and Joel, thanks all of you for such nice words. I am glad you all like it. It is soothing to work on such subject. Art is a way to express anything. Someone pointed in the portraiture forum her green eyes. I would say that people of that area has green eyes as we relate to that area. My few family members have such eyes . They look brown from the distence but they are actual green. Kashmir is our mother land and we migrated to Punjab about many years ago, before my birth.

Here is the final image with lots of adjustments. I painted the mat also but not detailed.


A closeup of feet.


And the face.


01-12-2006, 11:43 AM
Maria the painting is gorgeous. It is better to leave out the details of the mat so that the focal point remains on the girs. Good job!

01-12-2006, 04:24 PM
Maria, thank you for sharing the process. I love the details in this piece. Remarkable work!

Shan Khurram
01-12-2006, 09:44 PM
That turned out really gorgeous. Love the touches if purples in the skin and the softness of fabric. She is adorable and it is very sad that she lost her whole family. She just look like a fairy.

01-12-2006, 10:33 PM
Thanks Janet, Kirk and Mom for the encouraging words. We are working on a project for the earthquake survivors. Hope this helps them.

Shan Khurram
01-12-2006, 11:30 PM
BTW you accept and go with the contineous critique you get from us while painting.. I love your patience....lol. The portrait is Zabardast.:)

01-12-2006, 11:38 PM
Thanks Janet, Kirk and Mom for the encouraging words. We are working on a project for the earthquake survivors. Hope this helps them.
Is this a fund raiser? That would be good.

01-13-2006, 02:49 AM
Is this a fund raiser? That would be good.

Yes, I am painting these portraits for fund raising. And I will post this in Harris's blog www.earth-quake.org also.

01-15-2006, 12:03 AM
An update. I painted two backgrounds now. To see which one suits.


The lighter background.


01-15-2006, 12:22 AM
My personal choice is the lighter one...to me it gives more dimention to where she is sitting. ;o)

01-15-2006, 01:57 AM
Thanks Marge.

With contineuos commentary from my family members.....................I made addjustments in the background.

Reworked on the mat and background.

01-15-2006, 01:57 AM
Thanks Marge.

With contineuos commentary from my family members.....................I made addjustments in the background.

Reworked on the mat and background.

01-15-2006, 06:57 AM
Another severe quake hit the same rigion of same magnitude. The remaining buildings are distroyed now. One month to go...:(

01-15-2006, 12:01 PM
I think I like the first one better, with the darker BG. Both look fantastic!

01-15-2006, 10:01 PM
Some adjustments on the background.


01-15-2006, 10:11 PM
Looks better now Maria. It's less distracting.