View Full Version : Jordan... a WIP

02-06-2006, 04:36 PM
I've finally gotten back around to my Artist Oils brush. I didn't realize how much I missed it, but when I started laying down my strokes it was like talking with an old friend.

I plan to use my Artist Oils brush from start to finish.

Jordan in Progress...



02-06-2006, 05:23 PM
I love the pose and expression!

02-06-2006, 07:23 PM
I'll be following this wip! It's going to be great for what I see so far.

02-06-2006, 08:13 PM
Yeah, that looks like it's gonna be a good one. Had you lost your brush?

02-06-2006, 08:19 PM
Looking good Joel, I'll be watching :)

02-06-2006, 09:31 PM
Yeah, that looks like it's gonna be a good one. Had you lost your brush?

Thanks guys... I'll try not to take forever before I finish it. Greg, my Artist Oil brush has always been my favorite, but I have been experimenting with different brushes and found some real winners. But now I've returned to my Artist Oil brush, if only for one painting. I never know what brush I will favor until I sit down to begin.

Thanks again peeps.:)

02-06-2006, 09:36 PM
Ok looks like it is going to be another winner I have my popcorn and chair on the front row. ;o)

02-07-2006, 08:23 AM
Looking great.......Questions: Do you do an undercoat of color at all or just start laying down the colors you end up with AND...do you use the color mixer? Are you just constantly changing colors. I look at this and there are such a variety and they are all in the right place I am just not sure I can do that....Do you get tired of picking up colors? LOL....This is going to be great... Which oil brush do you use? Did you change it?

02-07-2006, 12:59 PM
This is looking terrific Joel. I hear you about your brush. I use and really like many different brushs both in digital, and trad. but have one that is a constant in both. My favorite painter brush is the Oil/round camel default settings w color variability V slider set at 20. This is my all time favorite digi brush! Just a slight bit off off the default, but since my memory often fails and I forget which adjustments I made I saved it as a varient.

02-07-2006, 01:53 PM
I hope this post goes through. I am having trouble posting.

Coop I always "go green with envy" when I look at your paintings. A few of you here have such talent that I find myself just staring for awhile and digesting your paint strokes. As usual, I am just amazed.

02-07-2006, 02:10 PM
Marge, Darlin, Sher & babs... thank you kindly.:)

Sher, the brushes are the best thing about Painter. They do brushed better than anyone. I'll give your brush a few strokes to see what it looks like.

Babs, were all on a learning curve... I'm sure the same is said about your work by others. Thank you.

Darlin, I didn't do any underpainting... I just sort of went for it. I start with a sketch on the layer above my painting. I then create a color palette based on the reference. Usually when I do that I get too many colors, so I manually delete most of them... leaving what I feel is the essence of the ref.

I then put a copy of the ref next to my painting, and another copy on the layer below my painting. I mostly use the ref next to my painting, but when I need added percision, I turn my painting layer off to observe the ref underneath. The ref underneath is sort of like an insurance policy that I use only when needed. It's important not to use the insurance policy too much to avoid loosing the painted quality of your piece.

I don't use the color mixer much, because when necessary, I mixed my colors right on the canvas. If I come up with a new color I like, I add it to the palette for keeps.

I decided here to figure out the background before I went any further, which necessitated a change in dress color... More to come.:)...



Here's is the ref which was courtesy of the model, Jordan...


02-07-2006, 02:15 PM
She is looking great Joel , and of course you know I'll be here for the finish :)

02-07-2006, 05:34 PM
Alright, we get treated to another Joel demo (Get a seat quick before he starts charging for admission! :D)! Great start!


02-07-2006, 09:20 PM
Ahhhhhhhhhh, beautiful as usual.

02-08-2006, 09:05 AM
Thanks, Joel and very helpful....wow, she is beautiful

02-08-2006, 11:14 AM
Amazing Joel, it's looking good. (Even though you yourself seem to have lost an eye.! :) ) I was interested in the way you work, since I'm beginning to work similarly.

02-08-2006, 11:19 AM
It is looking great, Joel!

02-08-2006, 12:16 PM
Thank ya very kindly mates!:) I do appreciate you guys looking and commenting.

This is all done with one brush... a variation of the Clumpy, from the Artist Oils category. When I get to the end, remind me to give you guys screens shots of my brush settings.

I hope that these three successive screens help give more insight into the way that my "Virtual Oil" technique unfolds. I try to be extra observant when it comes to the face... when I get to the body again, I will play that quite a bit more loosely to keep the focus of interest mostly on the face...




02-08-2006, 12:27 PM
Joel, are you saying you paint on the sketch layer, or keep the sketch layer above the paint layer? I think we have similar methods except once I have made the sketch I always paint over the canvas/photo layer and only refer by sight to the reference next to my painting.

This one is coming alone wonderfully! Of course, I never had doubt that it would. Which brush are you blending with?

02-08-2006, 12:41 PM
You really master this brush, Joel. Love the way you blend the strokes with it.

02-08-2006, 01:08 PM
Sherry, I keep the sketch layer above the paint layer. Except for my "insurance" layer. Because I do commisions, I find that it helps to have a bit of insurance. The same brush was used for the entire painting so far... I just modify it for blending.:)

Janet, of course you know how I feel about you and brushes. You invent the most useful brushes I have seen. You're very creative that way.


02-08-2006, 01:18 PM
Janet, of course you know how I feel about you and brushes. You invent the most useful brushes I have seen. You're very creative that way.
Thanks so much Joel. I can tell by your new signature image! LOL

02-08-2006, 01:38 PM
Joel, like many of us I truly admire your work. You have such a talent and you know how to put it to use! Jordan is coming out beautifullly! :clap:

02-09-2006, 12:36 PM
Thank Janet & Kirk! Janet... cool avatar!;)

Okay, I'm sayin' finished! Thank everybody for following me down this path.:)


02-09-2006, 12:43 PM
great work, coop, another beautiful piece, nicely rendered and lovely pose.....

02-09-2006, 02:22 PM
The finished piece is wonderful! I love the foilage BG surrounding her, brings the focus right to your model. Well done! :clap:

02-09-2006, 05:29 PM
The portrait looks great!
Isn't that avatar awesome! LOL