View Full Version : Old and New WIP

12-12-2006, 02:33 PM
OK, I am off on digital painting number three. I really enjoyed the last one I did where I took a photo of a watercolor and finished it off using digital paintbrushes. This one is similar. My hard drive crashed a month ago and I had only one surviving image of a watercolor I painted 15 years ago short of unframing it for a new shoot. It was about the third watercolor that I painted and it set me off one the road to watercolor portraiture. So I thought it was fitting to make my third digital painting be a digital rework of the one picture I have on file of it.

Here is a before and current WIP view of its progress so far (it should be a clickable thumbnail to a bigger version:

http://img72.imageshack.us/img72/8746/gregorywipbeforeandafteie3.th.jpg (http://img72.imageshack.us/my.php?image=gregorywipbeforeandafteie3.jpg)

Having this second chance with a digital rework means I can fix some problems that have bugged me for years: centering him and giving more space around him, a second shot at doing better hands (yet to be worked on), better feet, smoother and richer-colored skin, a chance to play around a bit with backgrounds, and improve the link to Gregory's Lego passion.

Tammy Moore

12-12-2006, 02:48 PM
WIP Face Detail:


I discovered the smudge tool last night. It seems to be really useful for skin and at stages in doing hair.

12-12-2006, 08:42 PM
What a darling subject! :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: Tammy, I think you have a lot to teach us all about portraiture. What were you working from...life, or a photo?

12-12-2006, 10:24 PM
I am working from a snapshot I took 15 years ago. Though I drafted my now 19 year old son to pose to get eye pattern detail for me. His irises are so dark that they are nothing but black orbs on the little 3X5 photo. LOL. With digital I can zoom in enough to record the pattern which I think is so neat as an heirloom kinda thing.

Thanks for the compliment. Poertraiture is my passion. No other subject pull me in as deeply - especially doing children's portraiture. I get very little time to paint, so my heart is so full of longing when I finally do get to slow down and paint a portrait. Basically, the last few weeks has been the first chance I have had to paint since last January, so I am about art starved right now. I am sucking it all in, every morsel, every crumb. I figure I will have through December to fill my cup up again before another long stretch without painting. :crying: Digital has me hoping that I will have a chance to get to keep working with art throughout the year. I think it will be easier to fit into my schedule since most of my responsibilities have me sitting at a computer much of the day anyway. I think I will be able to grab every spare moment now. :)

As for teaching anyone anything, I doubt it. Though I have done portraiture for 15 years off and on as time permits, digital will have me on a wonderfully fun learning curve. I am the student - definitely.


12-13-2006, 09:25 AM
Tammy, thanks for the details! What most of us seem to learn from are "wips" (wors in progress). When skilled artists show us snapshots of their painting at various stages, we get a ot from it. :wink2:

12-13-2006, 10:20 AM
I will approach the next project with a more step by step style of posting. :wink2: I hadn't done that much so far because I know so little of using digital tool so far, just opacity, brush size, hardness, and now smudge.

On learning how to do digital, in addition to here of course, I am finding some nice digital tutorials in artist's galleries at Deviant Art. The name sounds terrible and I actually avoided the site at first because of the name. I am searching far and wide for 'how tos', so now I am learning to ignore the name and find the non-deviant design of the website. Here are link to a few of my favorite portarit related tutorials. Note: You will need to click the picture to go to the tutorial.

How to do hair:

Don't miss this one! The artwork is absolutely amazing:

Skin tones:

12-18-2006, 11:24 PM
Well, I think I am pretty much finished with this one now; though, if I do get a tablet/pen for Christmas I might tweak the lines in the outfit. Trying to do all those lines with a twitchy mouse about drove me crazy. Makes me really itchy for a tablet for sure.

I didn't post a Wet Canvas reduced image here because when the painting is reduced to 500 pixels wide the lines on his clothes look jittery, so I will post a link to a larger image viewable on my Flikr image host account. Just take the link to see it:


if that link doesn't work, try

12-19-2006, 03:12 AM
I wish i could have that talent! Beautiful portrait!:clap: :clap: :clap:

12-20-2006, 01:08 AM
You are an excellent portrait artist. I can imagine your portraits if you get the chance to paint often!