View Full Version : Snake Charmer

04-01-2006, 09:03 AM
Another ref from the same source as the Monk.
A mix of Sargent brush and conte crayon. Freehand no trace P8




This is ongoing

04-01-2006, 10:21 AM
Looks like it is going to be another winner! Waiting for the next installment! :clap: :thumbsup: :wave:

04-01-2006, 11:12 AM
Thanks Marge, this is a bit further


04-01-2006, 01:01 PM
Love it!! You must have one of those "painting moods" going! I love it when that happens ... it seems like every stroke you make is just the right one in the right place! :wink2:

04-01-2006, 01:54 PM
Wow another great one in the making, thanks for showing us the step by step Barry, not saying I can do it but I'm looking and learning :)

04-01-2006, 02:08 PM

It's so nice to see someone drawing freehand for a change and doing it so well. It's the basis for any good painting, to know how to draw.

I love the way you've got the snake charmer's face developed so far, a definite individual.

The lighting is great too. I noticed it first in the figure's left leg where it appears the sun is shining through his pants, then in the right leg where the bright sun is hitting his pants.

You're good, Barry! :)

04-01-2006, 02:48 PM
Marge Yes, I was a bit in the doldrums a while back, but now it's all go!
Jean Thanks but I think I'm learning more from you!

Jinny thanks. It takes some time before you exhibit in front of others, I think, but this forum (all the digital art) is a very encouraging place, and I've learnt to go with my convictions, learning a lot from everyone.

04-01-2006, 09:22 PM
Wow Barry, somehow I missed this but it is great! I like the loose style and the limited palette.

04-01-2006, 09:38 PM
Barry, you are one of my favourite artists.:thumbsup:

04-02-2006, 04:12 AM
Sherry yes, sometimes too many colours can overwhelm me!
Maria Wow, you've made my day - no, week!

04-02-2006, 06:33 AM
Here's the finished painting (? Have faith Barry!)


For interest, this is my desktop set up. The colour chart on the right I made from the photo before I started, so that colours are easier to pick, I still vary them as well, I find I have to exaggerate sometimes to get the effect.


Shan Khurram
04-02-2006, 09:09 AM
Great rendition of the subject.:thumbsup:

04-02-2006, 10:23 AM
Barry you said this about Kareen and it certainley applies to you also

That's lovely, your talent snows no bounds Kareen :thumbsup:

04-02-2006, 11:21 AM
Thanks Shan
Your very kind Jean thank you

04-02-2006, 01:09 PM
Barry...you are SO talented! :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: Before you began contributing to Painter's Alley, I didn't realize how broad your scope is.

04-02-2006, 01:28 PM
So great to see the process! This is really excellent! Your talent is showing!! :)

04-02-2006, 02:01 PM
Kristen, you make me blush :) Talent abounds here, including yours.
Kirk, Thanks

04-02-2006, 06:47 PM

Great finish!

It may sound a bit smug on my part, but I could see your talent even when you did "the other kind of painting". When artist has it, it's just there!

When an artist doesn't (yet?) have it, it can't be faked, no matter how the painting is achieved and no matter what it's called.

It's a real pleasure to see your work in this forum as it is in any forum, a pleasure to see.

04-02-2006, 07:19 PM
Fantastic finish Barry!! :clap: :clap: :thumbsup:

04-03-2006, 04:36 AM
Jinny. I take that as a great compliment, even if not probably worthy of it. Thank you.
Marge Thanks for your support. I love lots of claps and thumbs ups!

04-03-2006, 09:09 AM
A big fan of that loose style, building up gradually. Well done have a couple of claps and thumbs up on me !! :clap: :clap: :thumbsup: :thumbsup:

Did you paint it direct to the canvas with no layers? if so you are very brave as well as talented !!! :wink2:


04-03-2006, 09:22 AM
Thanks Andie, and for the you know whats!
I had 3 layers, the sketch, the main image and the background. I try to lose the sketch as soon as I can , I find it gets in the way if I leave it too long. Also what looks like a tight painting, suddenly looks lost when I remove the sketch!
I learnt to put the BG on a separate layer here. It's great because I can change it at will. I usually start with a random one, then decide later on a final one.

04-03-2006, 09:34 AM
Very nice! I think you could benefit from starting out with a midtone or even dark background (as opposed to white).:wave:

04-03-2006, 09:57 AM
Very nice! I think you could benefit from starting out with a midtone or even dark background (as opposed to white).:wave:

I know you're right SabZero. I fact I'd made the decision to use a browny beige next time. One difficulty I have using the sargent brush that it is reluctant to paint on a layer without colour underneath. So this should do it eh?. I know I have left too mucch white in places, but I might touch it up sometime.

04-03-2006, 01:26 PM
good going barry...:). all the best.

04-05-2006, 01:52 AM
Another skin challene, Indian I presume. Looking quite good, except for one little apendage prob I see. His right upper arm is too long, which throghs it off. Still good tho.

04-05-2006, 04:23 AM
Thanks Waheed
Greg Thanks. I've had a look at the ref photo. You're right of course, my problem is lack of observation. His shoulder is rounded and the shoulder point comes down. I have made it start too high, where on the ref, that part is still the back.

04-05-2006, 12:06 PM
WOOOOHOOOOOO that is wonderful!!!

04-05-2006, 12:21 PM
Thank you Owl :)

04-05-2006, 08:10 PM
Wonderful..I would love for all those who dont see digital work as "proper painting" to see this and your steps leading to it.

04-06-2006, 04:53 AM
Thank you Rebecca, you're very kind.