View Full Version : Festival Girl - A WIP

08-04-2006, 08:33 AM
Well, I am officially on vacaion and have decided to live up to the "Gone Painitn'" sign I taped to my monitor at work before i left! lol. Anyway - I am doing this from a sketch I did at the folk festival last weekend.

I don't often venture into the world of people, but this one was iresistable. So far, It has just been blocked in in Hard pastel. I am hoping to get the softies out before we go camping today and I will post an update before I leave. I don't think I'll quite finish it today, but I should have a few layers on...

"Festival Girl"
11 X 14


and the reference sketch (3.5 X 5)

08-04-2006, 08:43 AM
Looks good Cori, and I like the sketch...Have fun on your camping trip!!

Piper Ballou
08-04-2006, 10:24 AM
This is going to be really nice...and what a fun way to spend your vacation...guess we won't get any updates until you return to the real world...have fun and enjoy every minute of it

08-05-2006, 12:36 PM
Looking nice so far. Excellent job on the reference sketch as well. Great chair. Looking forward to seeing more.

08-07-2006, 12:10 AM
sorry I didn't get back in to update on friday - I didn't get much done before we headed camping, but here's where it sits as of then :)

I'll put in some real time on it tomorrow. I made some judgement calls on colours so hopefully they continue to work :)


08-07-2006, 11:26 PM
And another update!


Becaus eof our car trying to commit suicide yesterday, I didn't have time to work on this today. But I did a bit more on it and I think I've resolved that background...now I can work towards the big finish. Hopefully that will come tomorrow!

08-08-2006, 11:48 PM
First things first - I want to thank you all for popping in and commenting. :) I do appreciate it.

and here is an update. Still not done, but getting closer. I'd do more, but I am completely exhausted tonight after taking my new bike for a test run (we are about to become bicycle commuters and decided to time our route tonight). Anyway - here is what I managed to do


Adriana Meiss
08-09-2006, 09:25 PM
This is coming along well. I like the colors very much.
There is only one thing that called my attention: it seems to me that the area where the right arm joins the torso should be thicker, just like you have it in your sketch.
What did you use for your sketch (markers or watercolors)? I rely too much on photographs and need to start sketching.

08-09-2006, 10:21 PM
THAT"S IT! I couldn't figure it out but you hit the nail on the head. I'll thicken that up a bit.

The sketch was done in pigment pen and waterclour pencil. I have found over the last year, that as long as I sketch in ink, I am able to maintain a sketchbook, but if I try to sketch in pencil, I avoid it (I hate smudgey messy sketchbooks). For colour I use either watercolour pencil or art stix (colour pencils in an almost pastel-like format).

I'm going to fix up that arm and try to make her lap look less flat :) I'll post an update tonight before I go to bed!

08-09-2006, 11:32 PM
Hey Kori - you know what... I like the sketch so much I don't think I'd have even attempted the pastel. It's beautiful and with the ink on the watercolor has great energy - from the strokes.

i'll check back later to see how it's coming.


08-10-2006, 12:17 AM
Thanks barb. I liked the sketch so much that I though I should at least attempt a painting of it. Of course, as you know, I don't usually do people so I am really challenging myself here - even without a face.

I plumped up that arm a bit and adjusted her clothing and I think it looks better. The skin tones still need some work, but I am working towards finishing it this week (why is it that vacation weeks are usually busier than regular weeks?)


08-10-2006, 08:15 AM
Cori, that sketch is great! You've altered the proportions somewhat in the painting--I think you made the chair back longer, narrower in proportion to its height, as well as elongating her neck--which gives a slightly less solid feel to the whole of it. Still, it's a very interesting comp. You might want to tone down the white bars on the chair--their brightness, along with their strong geometry, is stealing the show right now.

08-13-2006, 09:00 PM
ok - I am calling this one done :) The photo is a bit off on the colours and some strokes are kind of showing that look awkward, but aren't visible in real life.


08-13-2006, 10:45 PM
I think this is wonderful. I especially like the way the head is turned.
It leaves me to wonder what she is looking at. I like that.


Jo Castillo
08-13-2006, 11:50 PM
Nice, Cori. I love your sketches, been watching on the Scavenger Hunts. The painting is nice, especially for a non person painter. Heh, heh.