View Full Version : The D.J. portrait WIP

02-28-2006, 10:22 AM
I thought I'd start the day off sharing another portrait. The D.J. will be done on my favorite warm gray Canson paper with NuPastels, Rembrandt's, Great Americans, and Tery Ludwig's.
I've started with some general background colors of greens and violets pushing it to all four sides.
C&C welcomed!


02-28-2006, 10:40 AM
I'll still be first in line for a New England workshop and so I'm happily following this WIP...yah!

02-28-2006, 11:00 AM
In this stage I blocked in the general mid tones of the head and some light blue in the background. I've also tried to keep all the edges of my shapes fairly soft and out of focused.
Another note is that I'm trying to work all over the paper and just not in the area of where my head will be. My final background will be easier to do if I start working it in now...if I don't like it I can always change it. I've blocked the head in near the top of the paper with the shoulders being near where the purple is.
This stage has to be done without fear of failure...if it fails I'll possibly learn what not to do the next time (if I remember). just trying to keep things free and loose...let it come to me!!
C & C welcomed!!


02-28-2006, 11:03 AM
Cindy...Thanks..New England would be fun. I have relatives in upper state New York!

02-28-2006, 11:12 AM
this is going to be cool.

02-28-2006, 11:42 AM

Here I've used a piece of vine charcoal to sketch in the general features of the face...all this subject to change!!


02-28-2006, 11:53 AM
Good stuff, I enjoy looking at your work and look forward to seeing your progress here!


Rose Baggs
02-28-2006, 12:10 PM
YEAH!!! What a nice surprise Mike!!! Another wip from you...It's going to be great!! THANKS!!!
And...would be even better if I just had enough courage to try it out... :(

02-28-2006, 12:25 PM
Rose...You have nothing to lose by trying it and no one will know...right?

Using three different values of my NuPastels I start blocking in the planes of the face adding a little violet and green under the eyes and on the forehead. The lighter tones on the cheek are a Burnt Umber tone from Terry Ludwig. The black is a NuPastel and a Rembrandt.
C & C welcomed!


02-28-2006, 01:32 PM
Blocked in more of the features and starting to block the hair in.
c & c welcomed!!


02-28-2006, 01:46 PM
Your can stop anytime now Mike...This is awesome just as it is!! Wonderfully informative WIP

Thanks for sharing.....Cheers, Dianna :clap: :clap: :clap:

Tom Christopher
02-28-2006, 02:20 PM
great work gain Mike --It's sort of like opening a wrapped present-exposing the gift a little at a time. always a pleasure to view your portraits--Thank you Tom

02-28-2006, 02:22 PM
Love to watch the way you work.

02-28-2006, 02:31 PM
Diana..Thanks! I wanted to stop but Barb (my wife) said I had to finish the hair.
Tom and DRBrad..appreciate the nice comments

Starting to block in the hair and shoulders...also used a warm gray to "erase" some of the background stuff I didn't care for. Also used some of the same gray to establish some of the lighter areas in the hair....getting close here!
C & C welcomed!!


02-28-2006, 02:46 PM
Wow, it is so cool to see the way other people work. Following your WIP I know I could never work in your style to save my life, and yet you create such amazing results. This is looking so good. What fun to see how differently we all create.

Alachua Artist
02-28-2006, 03:31 PM
Fascinating process... at first it looked like a real mess (excuse my silliness). And now it emerges as a brilliant composition. My my! I am one of those anal retentives that has to work front to back, top to bottom. I like this far better.

02-28-2006, 03:44 PM
scall0way..I agree it's fun to see how other people work! You should try this on your next "nudie" night and see what happens:)
Alachua Artist...Thanks! it is a messy approach, sorta reminds me of finger painting when I was in kindergarten but now there is no teacher to tell me I did it wrong ( except for my wife)...I appreciate the kind comments!!

I suggested a little more of the hair, put a little more color in the shirt and softened a few of the features. Now it's at the stage where you stare at it for a while and decide if there is anything else to do on it. I have to be careful at this stage because of a tendency to overwork it.
C & C welcomed!!
Thanks for watching and all your nice comments!


02-28-2006, 03:57 PM
Stunning work (as usual) Mike! Your wife is very smart too! If you get to upstate NY - I would definitely, and gratefully, sign up for a class!

M Douglas
02-28-2006, 04:44 PM
Absolutely beautiful, I love the way you work. Thank you for sharing with us.


02-28-2006, 06:49 PM
Mike, you are absolutely amazing! I was completely absorbed watching this WIP. I would also willingly take a class if you offered one in NC.


02-28-2006, 06:56 PM
amazing as always, just wonderful to watch your process. thanks for sharing it with us. james

02-28-2006, 07:04 PM
Wonderful painting. Your titles reflect your work. The subject is accurately described, but not overdefined. We are allowed to fill in the details as we wish.
Hope that makes sense.

Karen Margulis
02-28-2006, 07:16 PM
Thank you so much for the WIP. It is such a great learning experience. I love the purple in this one. Fantastic as usual!

John B
02-28-2006, 07:21 PM
An absolute winner, from start to finish, a truly wonderful WIP. Thank you.


02-28-2006, 07:28 PM
Your can stop anytime now Mike...This is awesome just as it is!! Wonderfully informative WIP

Thanks for sharing.....Cheers, Dianna
I agree with Dianna, Mike, but I'm glad you continued on, too! Beautiful!

Kathryn Day
02-28-2006, 08:04 PM
Amazing portrait. I love the violet in his hair!!!

Paula Ford
02-28-2006, 08:35 PM
I don't know what else to say except WOW



David Patterson
02-28-2006, 09:50 PM
Dang Mike, I just love your loose style!


02-28-2006, 10:04 PM
Beautiful work Mike.
Thought provoking expression.
I like your use of color here as well.

02-28-2006, 11:24 PM
Melodie, james, Wolfie, Karen, John, Cindy, Kathy, Paula, David, & Jerome ...Thanks for all the kind remarks and comments...they're very much appreciated!!
Barbara & Ronda It would be fun doing a workshop in both NY and NC..trying to get it work out!!
Thanks everybody for taking the time to look!!

03-01-2006, 12:28 AM
Wonderful style as always, love your portraits.
Thank you for sharing your wip:thumbsup:

Bhavana Vijay
03-01-2006, 07:56 AM
WOW!!! I just LOVE this!!Thanks so much for the WIP.I love his hair, those specks of purple are beautiful.His expression...well everything really.

03-01-2006, 12:36 PM
Mike, that is terrific. Patzy.

03-01-2006, 12:58 PM
Man, Mike. You rock.

03-01-2006, 01:28 PM
Just stunning, once again.


03-01-2006, 03:44 PM
Still watching here Mike to see how far you take it. I was happy a long time ago but things just got better as you moved along. LOL. Is this a commission or do you even do commissions? I remember your mountain man which makes me wonder if you just do people that tickle your fancy or whether you work on demand.

Cheers, Dianna

03-01-2006, 04:51 PM
Dianna Thanks for coming back and pleased that you like it. This wasn't a commission just one I thought would be fun to do. I usually just do those that tickle my fancy.
Johnnie, Diane, Patzy, Bhavana, Nicoclaus, Thanks for looking and your nice comments!

03-01-2006, 05:06 PM
Hi Mike,

When I started painting - about two years ago - my objective was to be realistic as possible; I do admire those painters who are abble to do those photorealistic trompe l'oeils.
However with time, I also started getting the notion that as important as being abble to depict reality (for me that is since I like realism), is being abble to transmit an artistic feeling to the painting, and not showing a mere «photograph».
And that is in my opinion your ex-libris. One looks at your works and sees Art.



03-01-2006, 05:37 PM
Another wonderful portrait Mike. The WIP pictures are great - I'll have to come back and take a closer look at them when I have more time.

Tracy Lang
03-01-2006, 08:22 PM
Terrific WIP, Mike...Thank you :) It's so cool seeing the figure emerge from the background...I really love your work!


03-02-2006, 12:58 AM
José, KJSCL, lilbird...Your kind comments are very much appreciated, Thanks!

Tom Behnke
03-02-2006, 07:30 AM
Holy, holy, holy----!

Thank you so much for this. Each step just mesmerizes. I love watching this take shape, and it is AWESOME. Thanks for the lesson. If you are ever near Western CT, let me know. I would love to learn first hand.


03-02-2006, 12:45 PM
Lovely as always Mike........ soft colours..... always like your style...... did you have an image to work from....... or did you conjur him up......

its all magic! :)

03-02-2006, 01:43 PM
Tom ...Thanks!
Dark_Shades...Image is from an old sketch and little fabrication...Appreciate the interest!

03-02-2006, 06:44 PM
Mike, your work is incredible!


03-04-2006, 09:47 AM
Wow!!!! I just love how you accomplish these portraits.

03-05-2006, 02:16 AM
binkie, jocelynsart ...Thanks for the great comments!