View Full Version : WIP in a church

04-24-2006, 05:17 AM
I have spent the last three days, friday saturday and sunday, in a Church, displaying my digital art. The event was an Art and Crafts exhibition in a local village Church. I decided to take my Computer, and I painted a portrait from scratch as people watched. I didn't sell many paintings, but could have sold a lot of computers! The painting took all of the three days because I was constantly explaining what I was doing. Some people had great difficulty understanding what I was doing, and without the computer, I think a lot of people would have gone away thinking either they were a sort of photograph of "real painting" printed on the computer, or photographs messed about.
I saved the stages so I thought I would post them.
This is the original image from the ref library, courtesy of sultry.


I rotated this in Photoshop and started with a sketch.


I realised later I had her left eye too far away from the nose, which I altered as I painted

The first stage was to lay some colour using the tint brush so that my sargents brush would work. It seems to nedd some colour to pick up.


I saved 11 stages all together . This is stage 4


Stage 6


The strokes on the BG were because I was demonstrating aspects, such as the separate bg and how you could clone through, which I later painted out.

stage 8


I painted the necklace on a separate layer, though I don't think that is necessary. With constant interruptions, it was easy to start repainting on the wrong layer!

Finished portrait:


I blended by increasing the jitter and sometimes lowering the opacity of the brush.

04-24-2006, 05:31 AM
Barry thanks for showing the steps to your painting, you have done a wonderful job. :clap: :thumbsup: :clap:

04-24-2006, 06:04 AM
Thanks Jean.

04-24-2006, 07:21 AM
WOW you had an eventful weekend! Fantastic painting and thanks for the stages! Love seeing how others get to the final work. I know what you mean about people not understanding how this can be done on a computer LOL :clap: :clap: :thumbsup:

04-24-2006, 07:33 AM
Marge Thanks. We both have had our religious experiences, in different ways recently!

04-24-2006, 08:08 AM
Very nice Barry! I admire your courage, I have done this with natural media but don't know if I'd like to try it with the computer. LOL


04-24-2006, 08:44 AM
"I didn't sell many paintings, but could have sold a lot of computers! " (Barry)

ROFL! You suppose we've missed our calling?

This is an excellent tute, Barry. :clap: :clap: :clap: Now, that wasn't so hard, was it? :D The only problem is that the last two images didn't come through. Could you post them again? Please?

04-24-2006, 09:01 AM
Thanks Kristen. The images are coming through for me, so ask me again if you really want me to post them again.
Edie, thanks. Yes I had a little doubt, but that's artist I suppose. You always wonder if you can repeat your skill. It turned out very enjoyable.

04-24-2006, 09:35 AM
Barry, I have nothing but respect for you! You did us all proud!:thumbsup: Just imagining you out in public creating your digital portrait brings a smile to my face. Take guts... I take my hat off to you. The result is a fine portrait:clap:

04-24-2006, 10:10 AM
Thanks Joel. I think I converted one other artists to join WetCanvas, and he's saving up for a new computer!

04-24-2006, 12:48 PM
Bravo Barry! I have thought many times I would like to set up a booth at a fair or a mall and do quick sketchs but I have never had the courage to do so. And you took your computer and did the whole tamale. And very well. You improved on the reference 100%. Well done.

04-24-2006, 01:26 PM
Thanks Sherry, you're very kind

04-24-2006, 01:43 PM
good work barry...:).

04-24-2006, 03:19 PM
Thanks Waheed

del m
04-24-2006, 08:51 PM

04-24-2006, 09:54 PM
Barry, I like it very much.....kudos to you.

04-24-2006, 10:44 PM
Yes, now they're showing up. Must've been that WC was having an "early morning moment".....:lol:

04-27-2006, 12:10 PM
Hi Barry, thank you for inviting me to see your digi portrait of me. Wow I am so honored and very impressed by your hard skill.
Great job:thumbsup:

04-27-2006, 01:16 PM
Del M and Maria, thanks
Judy, thanks for looking, glad you like it

04-28-2006, 11:37 PM
I expected to read that you had snuck a laptop into church and was painting during the sermon! :D Nice portrait, even though you didn't have to sneak and paint it!

04-30-2006, 02:22 PM
Hey, thanks, and that's a thought Digi, perhaps I'll try it next Sunday!

04-30-2006, 06:15 PM
WOW Barry, just amazing!!!

Your work Ive been enjoying for a while now. Havnt been posting much, but definetly noticed how you've been enjoying the freehand everything technique and I for one just love the work thats been produced that way.

It too bad that too many people dont understand what digital painting is. I know I only found out what it was less that 2 years ago, and it took some time for me to grasp it as well. Hopfully artists like yourself will force the understanding a lil soon

05-01-2006, 02:39 AM
That's very kind of you Frank, thanks

05-01-2006, 11:26 AM
JUST wonderful....wow, I wish I had been there to watch

05-01-2006, 11:54 AM
I wish you had been too, Marge, thanks!

05-01-2006, 12:30 PM
Oh..Berry, thanks for sharing your painting steps. The finished painting is fabulous... You make it look soooo effortless & easy.
:clap: Sounds like a great way to spend a morning.

05-01-2006, 01:41 PM
Sounds like a great way to spend a morning.

Thanks Goldcoin, and there are worse ways.