View Full Version : Buddhist Monk WIP

03-31-2006, 03:49 AM
I'm doing this from a photo a daughter in law took. No trace all freehand.
Used the sargent brush, but it won't work on a layer so I had to put in a color base first, using tinting brush.

Initial sketch. Looks a bit rough! but is quite accurate.


base colors:



This is ongoing

03-31-2006, 05:55 AM
Hey! this is getting good! The features of the monk are very good. I'll be waitning for more advances.... :)
I guess your going to paint him with a 'drum' (i don't know his name) that has strings with little balls?

03-31-2006, 05:58 AM
Barry, this is very exciting! I love watching this from sketch to....wherever.

03-31-2006, 06:44 AM
Kareen, thanks for that. Yes it's a prayer wheel. he whizzes it round and round, every time it completes a circuit, that is a prayer, for somebody
Kristen, thanks, yes to wherever.
(Hey did you meet him in one of YOUR reincarnations?)

03-31-2006, 06:49 AM
A bit more.
I am not keeping the background, it was just there to keep me focussed on the robe.
Having told Einion I stick to one brush, I'm finding I have to resort to my Conte brush to get some detail and highlights into his beads (not shown yet). The sargent brush is sluggish on small detail.
the color is coming out a bit dull too. Will have to sort.

03-31-2006, 07:07 AM
Barry this is wonderful, love the loosness of your strokes and the colour of his gown :thumbsup:

03-31-2006, 07:29 AM
Thanks Jean It's a traditional buddhist monk's colour, with a bit of a yellow shirt sticking out by his neck

03-31-2006, 08:28 AM
mmmm mmmmm just wonderful

03-31-2006, 09:31 AM
WOW Barry this is just amazing I love his face detail and the robe and drum well I just love it all! :thumbsup:

03-31-2006, 09:49 AM
Thanks Aggie and Marge, I've about finished, post it soon

03-31-2006, 11:35 AM
Hey bare, you're doing a fine, fine job... I'm very interested to see how you treat the background. Keep up the great work!:)

03-31-2006, 12:49 PM
Thanks Joel. Here it is finished (?!)


He's holding in his left hand what looks like a tiny folded card with an image on it. I will have to ask my daughter in law what the significance is.

and a close up of the head


03-31-2006, 12:59 PM
Barry this is terrific! I never do a detailed sketcch either as it just seems like a waste of time since I lose my sketch when I paint over it anyway. You have captured good expression on his face also. Taking foreshortening into consideration his hands still seem a bit large in comparison to his face though.

03-31-2006, 01:21 PM
a good one barry...nicely done with nice palette. i do agree with sherry on the proportion of the hands and just a minor suggesion, his chain(thread of beads), around his neck , will throw a shadow at some distance, where its lifted from his robe (thats at quite a few places).

good work barry...:).

03-31-2006, 01:35 PM
Thanks Sherry. I have the sketch on a layer, and quickly make it 100% transparent, when I have the shapes defined enough. Re the hands, they perhaps are a bit big, but he is a strong man, and I think they have done plenty of work, as well as spinning the wheel.

Thanks Waheed. I take your point I will add more shadow, especially to those going horizontal at the bottom

03-31-2006, 03:17 PM

Nice painting, and I love the subject especially.

You probably know this already, but if you want to paint with a brush that won't work on transparent areas of a Layer, you can lift your sketch to a Layer and change its Composite Method to Gel to make the white background transparent, then paint on the Canvas below the sketch Layer.

03-31-2006, 03:26 PM
Very impressive, thanks for showing this.

03-31-2006, 03:56 PM
Jin, thanks for the comments and no, I didn't know that. Will give it a go.

Stu Thanks for coming all the way from Wilts to look. :) Thanks for that comment, and it's a pleasure.

03-31-2006, 05:05 PM
Lots of personality in that face! Nice work.


04-01-2006, 12:29 AM
Spectacular finish!! :clap: :clap: :thumbsup:

04-01-2006, 01:00 AM
:clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: Oh I'm glad I came back for the finish :) Barry everything is lovely but I especially like the cloth :wave:

04-01-2006, 03:25 AM
Digi, Marge and Jean, thank you for those kind comments

04-01-2006, 06:32 AM
How I missed it? Its marvelous.

04-01-2006, 07:33 AM
Hmmmm!!! it turned out great.....
By the way, hope its not an heresy.....seems they pray much more faster and more than us with that little drum....:D

04-01-2006, 08:47 AM
Maria, thank you.
Kareen. Not heresy, they do get a few more in that way! You'll have to try it, brush in one hand prayer wheel in the other!

04-01-2006, 09:06 AM
You've caught him wonderfully. Where was the photo taken - he is a Tibetan monk, I think.


04-01-2006, 10:03 AM
Thanks Chandran, yes I think he is a Tibetan monk, but I'm not sure where the pic was taken, I'm trying to find out. Two of my sons and their wives practice Buddhism

04-01-2006, 12:55 PM
Kareen. Not heresy, they do get a few more in that way! You'll have to try it, brush in one hand prayer wheel in the other!

Not a bad idea perhaps i'll try it!:D :D :D

04-01-2006, 03:51 PM
Don't get them mixed up Kareen!