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05-28-2006, 09:18 AM
this one :)

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/28-May-2006/36920-b_and_w_image.jpg and here's a link to the large size http://morguefile.com/archive/?display=114783&

05-28-2006, 07:40 PM
A quickie just with the palette knife

05-28-2006, 08:25 PM
Jean, a wonderful selection. This gives me a chance to try using YouTube to show some tutorials. See my drawing of the nose here (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9PUw19DIbw8). I'm wondering if some other folks here at WetCanvas would try using this website and and its tutorial possibility? I used a Mac app called Snapz Pro (http://www.ambrosiasw.com/utilities/snapzprox/) and of course the wonderful iMovie (http://www.apple.com/ilife/imovie/) on my beloved iMac to create this.

I'll work on completing the portrait for a later post.

05-28-2006, 08:37 PM
I will have a look at that link Tom, thank you. I don't find portraits very easy.:o

05-28-2006, 08:51 PM
AnnieM your portrait looks great :thumbsup: and with a pallette knive yet :)

Tom thats an interesting way to go about doing your nose :)

I used Painter IX, Artists Oils - grainy impasto , I tried charcoal first but wasn't happy with it. LOL


05-28-2006, 09:05 PM
Tom, loved that lil clip, I think it was awsome. I definetly with there was more activity like this around. Kuddos for sharing!

Nice job Annie and jean. This guys was a lil intimidating lookin wasnt he :P.

Here is my attempt, obviosly im still of the caracature kick :P

05-28-2006, 10:51 PM
Looks great Smokin :thumbsup:

05-29-2006, 03:43 AM
Great work Jean:thumbsup: and Smokin :thumbsup:

05-29-2006, 08:31 AM
Definitely WIP. Trying to start with some lights and darks. The challenge here for me is to break free of the brights and shadows I see in the photo, and try to shape them into something more pleasing to my eyes.

Ugh, I feel like I'm paddling in the dark. I really want to slavishly trace the photo and just not work as hard. Half my brain is in Painter's helpful functions, and the other half is thinking classic portrait.

I'm madly adding canvas and recropping in Painter. But maybe I should have started with just one hue and blocked in the lights and darks.

I'm getting good at second guessing myself! "Gee, if you'd only done 'such and such' about 15 minutes ago, this would be easier!" And there's that urge to toss the whole thing, and start fresh.

05-29-2006, 08:40 AM
Looking good altho a bit fuzzy, I think the second guessing is familiar to us all Tom :D

05-29-2006, 08:52 AM
Its looking really good Tom, and YUP, I can definetly sypathis with you there. I think this challenge you made for yourself is a great idea. I hope to do the same eventually, but not for some time, i got too much on my plate already.

Anyway, I know this wont help you now, but when i try to learn somtihing challenging like that, I try to make it as easy as possible to learn just that subject. What I mean is when i try to do the same thing, im going to trace! I did the same for my early stages of skin tone practice, and it just made it easier to learn Just skin tones when i didnt have the other issues you have to juggle in portaits, like proportions, drawing, whatever.

As for the several approaches you can take in painter, I personally find that any aproach, especially in the early stages of a piece, will greatly effect the end product.

05-29-2006, 11:08 AM
I think your approach is so right Frank. In my youth, I had a pantograph which enlarges images. You trace an image and it draws a bigger one. (My father was a draughtsman) I realised later how much that helped me. I could just concentrate on the painting, knowing the face or whatever was correct. When I could paint, I found the tracing with the pantograph had actually helped with my drawing

05-29-2006, 02:42 PM
...when i try to learn somtihing challenging like that, I try to make it as easy as possible to learn just that subject. What I mean is when i try to do the same thing, im going to trace! I was reading an article recently, and the guy was advocating the use of anatomic memory (try to memorize the shape of muscles and bone structure) as much as possible, but he talked about photos as a tool. That a person could attempt to draw from memory, then compare it with a photo to see the weak points. And then to try again to work from memory.

Thank you for your encouragement, Frank.

05-30-2006, 03:40 AM
Hey, ya'all are doing a good job on this guy!

Frank...I just love your caricature of him.

Tom, I can not seem to get movies uploaded to the net. I am on dial up and it takes forever. Did you happen to watch American Idol? Well I taught my little dog to sit up, throw his head back and shake his paws when I tell him to "be taylor". I made a tiny digi movie of this to show my friend on line but after trying for a whole day to get it up loaded, I gave up.

05-31-2006, 02:22 PM
I have not posted anything in it seems like forever I had to try this one it just took me a couple of days to do it with my limited time. :lol:

I went back to PS for this one and used the hatching brushes and the grey scale color slider...I did a rough sketch for placement of the eyes, nose, hat, etc. then umpteen layers of color before I got it built up to what I was sastified with still not happy with his mouth but it is time to move on. LOL :wave:


05-31-2006, 11:32 PM
He looks great Marge :thumbsup:

06-01-2006, 03:01 AM
Nice work Marge

06-01-2006, 09:30 AM
wow, these are all wonderful...Tom loved watching the nose...I learned something and will go back to watch it from time to time.
Annie, and Jean, you two did a great job. Smoking I LOVED TI...you always surprise and that is a treat. Lady, it looks good to me....very nice, everyone