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05-01-2007, 08:56 AM
The Portrait Gallery, May, 2007

What's on your easel this month? Show a finished portrait or one in any stage of progress. This thread is for showcasing your work; others will only critique your work if you request it .

Here is a link in case you need help attaching your art work:

So please show us what you've been up to this month. We'd love to see

Even if you have already shown it in the main portraiture forum, you are invited to showcase it in this thread too.


05-01-2007, 08:46 PM
This poor 83 yr old woman has gone through so many revisions. I wish I had just stopped at the second sitting. Sitting four- I quit. I give up- she looks too manly and I can't fix it.

16" x 20" from life- and a photo too



05-01-2007, 09:00 PM
dollardays -- I think you are being too hard on yourself. She has such a kind face -- wonderful eyes, and smiling mouth. I think you have made a wonderful job of this Portrait from the top of the head to the bottom of her clothing. Thanks so much for sharing. :clap: :thumbsup:

Val. :wave:

05-01-2007, 09:17 PM
dollar, I think its wonderful, I can see no faults.....

05-02-2007, 02:45 AM
The rendering is very good. I think there are four things you can do to make her look more feminine.

1) You have added blue to her flesh tone on her chin, cheek and neck. This is commonly used on men to show a beard, and that is causing some of the problem. I suggest you warm those areas up.

2) Brighten the red in her lips to make it clear she is wearing lipstick.

3) Her bust does not appear feminine, I suggest you give her some more bosom.

4) Give her a feminine-looking earing in her left ear.

05-02-2007, 01:37 PM
Hello everyone! Here is a portrait the first version of which I did a few years back when I just started painting. I had a crazy idea recently to redo it because I believed that I am now more experienced. Well, it turned out that it would be easier to start from scratch rather than redo the old one. Anyway, I finished it (at least for now). C&Cs are most welcome!



Lauren F-M
05-02-2007, 05:55 PM
Happy May, everyone! :D

Nora and Yakov have started things off really well this month! :clap: :clap:

Nora -- you have really portrayed her character and warmth! :thumbsup: :clap:

Yakov -- I don't know how this portrait looked before you reworked it, but I really like what it looks like now -- very strong. Nice pose with the hands and dramatic contrast of dark and light! :clap: :D

I haven't posted anything in the portrait gallery since March, I think. Here is the finished charcoal portrait of Ezter that I posted WIP pics of before -- about 15"w x 20" high, on grey Stonehenge paper:



Also, I finished up another portrait -- of my daughter, Skye, age 18-1/2 -- started in August when she posed twice for my weekly portraiture class. Also in charcoal on grey Stonehenge, with some white highlights; same size as one of Eszter.

WIP, about 4-1/2 hours, from life:

Finished, with about another 2 to 3 hours, from photo references:


Cheers, Lauren :wave: :music:

05-02-2007, 11:15 PM
Excellent works popping up here already!!
This is a study I did late last month.
11x14" Mixed media (charcoal, cp and oil pastels).
:wave: Jerome


05-03-2007, 05:35 AM
Yakov -- Superb work in this Portrait. I just love the pose, and the strong use of light and shade. Brilliantly rendered. I'm so glad you have shared it with us :clap: :thumbsup:

Lauren -- I'm so glad you have shown us the finished Ezter -- absolutely brilliant work, with superb textures and lighting. Love the cane chair too.
I also love the Portrait of your daughter. Thankyou so much for posting both. :clap: :thumbsup:

Jerome -- Great to see you again. What a stunning Portrait. I honestly thought it was the reference, and was looking for your painting. Now, I should have known better than that. :cool: It's a sensational Portrait Jerome, and the eyes and hair are especially breathtaking. WOW, thankyou so much for sharing. :clap: :thumbsup:

Val. :wave:

Lauren F-M
05-03-2007, 07:16 PM
Lovely portrait study, Jerome! :clap:

Lauren F-M
05-03-2007, 07:19 PM
Lovely portrait study, Jerome! :clap:

Is the subject present-day or from a classical reference?

Beautiful technique -- though I am wondering how/where you worked in the oil pastel. :confused:

Love the hair, eyes and nose. All well done, but I am wondering about the mouth, as I am used to the crease of the mouth extending out past the nose -- is the mouth a little short, or true to your reference?

Lauren :wave:

05-05-2007, 09:01 PM
Thank you Val, it’s always a pleasure reading your comments. :wave:
Hi Lauren, this was from a portrait swap elsewhere. She’s a terrific artist from Australia. Poor thing had to paint me though :D . I used anything lying around that evening. Not a big fan of oil pastels but it added a hint of color here and there. She may have taken her own picture causing some distortion (small mouth). Thanks for the compliment and critique.
BTW, you’ve posted some beautiful charcoal work :thumbsup: .

Lauren F-M
05-05-2007, 09:34 PM
Thanks, Jerome! :D

I was admiring your portrait of the Australian artist some more. I really like your 'limited palette' -- the tinting of the skin, and then the stronger colours in the eyes, mouth and hair really work well! Those green eyes are something! :clap:

I do love portrait swaps! A very interesting challenge, and then seeing how someone else interprets your own mug -- always a learning experience, as well as an opportunity to get to know another artist.

Cheers, Lauren :wave:

05-06-2007, 05:36 AM
This portrait is x-posted from D&S. It's graphite on Strathmore vellum paper, image size 16" x 26". I've refined a few details since I photographed it, but nothing that would appreciably change the overall look of the piece.


05-06-2007, 09:13 AM
P.S. Nice representation of mediums already this month! Val, I don't post often, but I do lurk a lot and really appreciate your ongoing devotion to this thread.:)

05-06-2007, 12:46 PM
Stunning portrait Cindy, love your soft and focused touch. She's a heart stealer!

I've been playing with my colored pencils and black paper again:


This will be a surprise gift for a fellow WC member. Since she spends most of her time in Acrylics I doubt she'll see this here. I plan to reproduce one of her paintings in the background along with some stone textures and vines, maybe a rose or two...we'll see.
BTW the eye and the lower lip are still unfinished. I've heard too many unfunny jokes about her black eye, har de har de har...:D


05-07-2007, 01:26 PM
Wow, someone is going to get a very lovely and imaginative present from you, Rob! Lucky girl!

Thank you so much for your comment on the portrait!:)

05-08-2007, 10:00 PM
Excellent works popping up here already!!
This is a study I did late last month.
11x14" Mixed media (charcoal, cp and oil pastels).
:wave: Jerome


Now this is the real stuff...the stuff that inspires - should inspire all of us to reach for what we might one day accomplish!:thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup:
It's all there - edges, light and shadow, value...draughtsmanship! You made my night!
Cynthia, I checked out your sight and I have to add you to my short list of thrillers tonight. I often wonder why someone would want to spend all that time on coloured pencil - then I see work like yours! Then all my reservations melt away and all I see are great paintings. Gotta love it!

05-09-2007, 04:26 AM
Cindy -- Great to see your work again. I just love your rendition of the little girl -- superb work. And I'm so glad you enjoy the Gallery, as I certainly love bringing it to you. Super work. :clap: :thumbsup:

Rob -- It's great to see your work again too, and someone is going to be very thrilled with the Portrait you are painting. And I'm so glad that she really hasn't got that big shiner. :p Great work Rob, and I hope you will post when it's finished. :clap: :thumbsup:

Val. :wave:

05-09-2007, 04:47 AM
Keron, I often wonder myself why I want to spend all that time on colored pencil! :D Thank you for your lovely comments!

Val, thank you, too! :)

Lauren F-M
05-10-2007, 08:37 AM
Cindy -- lovely and sensitive portrait of the little girl. Her face shows so much personality! :clap:

Rob -- this is a really interesting portrait, which generates all kinds of questions in my mind about the subject and how you are portraying her. As always, your technique and skill are superb. Bravo! :clap:

Well, here is a WIP from Wednesday, May 2. It takes me a while to take the photos, download them and ready them to show here. This was the last sitting of Jan, a model who I have a hard time drawing. She has a wonderful face, so I want to work more on catching her. Anyway, I decided that, with just one 2-1/4 hour sitting, I'd go for a profile, which I find easiest. This is in vine charcoal, on a grey paper (not sure what kind).



I'll use the reference photos I took of Jan to finish this. Will post my progress. :D

Cheers, Lauren :wave:

05-11-2007, 10:57 PM
Hi Lauren,

I look forward to seeing your finished work here and like what I see too. Can you say what area you will begin to work on next and will this portrait remain charcoal or are you going to add more color?

Lauren F-M
05-12-2007, 09:21 AM
Can you say what area you will begin to work on next and will this portrait remain charcoal or are you going to add more color?

Hi, Garland!
Thanks for your encouragement. :D
I've worked some more on it, and have been doing kind of an overall tweeking, checking my measurements to fix basic structure, and to refine the lights, darks and in-between tones. Big thing I just started was to move the ear back a bit, as I realized that was off a bit. Once I get the proportions and basics fixed, I'll spray it with fixative, and can go in and refine the highlights and shadows. It will remain a charcoal study.

However, I do plan on moving into colour work soon. Have worked in a number of mediums before -- pastel, watercolour, acrylic and oil -- but need work in all of them. For now, have been concentrating on drawing, as it is easiest and more portable for attending my weekly portraiture workshop; plus, I believe that drawing is the backbone of everything.

I'll post a few more WIP shots early next week.

Cheers, Lauren :wave:

05-14-2007, 05:49 AM
Lauren, this is absolutely wonderful, and I am looking so forward to your updates. I do so enjoy the WIPs you post for us to see in the Gallery. :clap: :thumbsup:

Val. :wave:

05-14-2007, 01:28 PM
Lauren - Your charcoal study is nicely handled. I'm looking forward to your color studies. I hope that you have "captured" her in your eyes.

Feel free to ask any questions you like. Can't say I have any real answers since I've never gone with such a close crop and I had little choice of reference to go by.

Val & Cindy - Thank you and I hope Poess enjoys this surprise as well. She knows about this (I suggested an exchange shortly after the holidays and she thought it'd be cool) but short of PM'ing her or posting in Acrylics my gift is safe.

BTW, I've taken care of the "shiner"!


Due to time constraints (I really want to get started with Armin's class in D&S!) I've simplified the background. I still plan to reproduce one of her paintings in the background - just wouldn't be worth my effort without it.


Lauren F-M
05-14-2007, 08:54 PM
Rob -- that portrait is coming along well -- still so intriguing. :clap: It brings to my mind the sad French clown, Pierrot, and also a wonderful exhibition I saw here at the National Gallery of Canada in 2004, called "The Great Parade: Portrait of the Artist as a Clown." I generally don't like clowns -- at least the kind with the big red noses -- but this show was really interesting, with lots of work by many artists, both Great Masters and contemporary. Works by Watteau, Goya, Picasso, Freud, Chagall, Arbus, Beuys, Sloan and many more, in many mediums.

I finished the charcoal portrait of Jan, and took quite a few more WIP shots as I worked, plus one of the finished drawing. I'll post them in the next few days. Meanwhile, I need to work on a small illustration commission that is due later this week.

I'm looking forward to seeing more portraits on here! :D Don't be shy!! :wink2:

Lauren :wave:
The hockey playoffs are on tonight: Buffalo Sabres vs. Ottawa Senators. GO SENS GO!!

05-15-2007, 05:38 AM
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/15-May-2007/75590-Picture40.jpg ...finished yesterday...another sp for my collection!

05-15-2007, 02:21 PM
Finally finished self portrait. This one from a photo. About to try another from life.

Lauren F-M
05-15-2007, 07:51 PM
Some great self-portraits here! :clap: :clap:

Larubia -- I enjoyed watching this one 'emerge' on its thread. :thumbsup: The finished portrait is lovely. The colours are so fresh, and your technique is superb! Looking forward to your next self-portrait! :wink2: :clap:

Amosier -- this is very nice! :clap: What medium is it in? :confused:

One of these days I'll get brave and try a self-portrait. It's been many years since I did one, and I'll have to deal with the aging process that's been occuring since that time. :crying:

So -- here are the rest of the WIP shots of my charcoal portrait of Janine, plus the finished portrait. It's done mostly in willow charcoal on Strathmore Artagain S. Gray paper; size: 12" x 19".

Since the WIP shot I showed previously is #1 (done at the point I finished drawing her from life; 2-1/4 hours), this is WIP #2. All WIP, etc. shown here are done from the photo references I took of her.

I realized that the ear wasn't in the correct place, so I erased it out, and roughed in the new position:

Worked more on the ear, the hair, the background, etc.

Next WIP -- I think I forgot to do the Tone Adjustment on this scan. The browner tone is because I shot this at night, with no natural light:

At about this stage -- or before the last WIP shot -- I finally gave it a spray with workable fixative. Then, I could go in and darken the dark areas. Went over the background and some of the darker shadows with a charcoal pencil, which is darker than the willow. Here it is almost done, though this shot is a bit lighter (and blurrier) than it should be:

Added some white highlights (then I erased some down a bit, as they were too harsh) -- DONE! Not sure how much time I spent on it in total.

Lauren :wave:

05-15-2007, 08:45 PM
Thanks Lauren, the medium is oil. I've done pastels for a very long time and just now getting back into oil. I really enjoy it and it's good for me to learn to mix the colors again!

I really like your charcoal piece of Janine. Very very nice work. Your shading and value tones are excellent. You've captured alot of personality here. :)

05-17-2007, 05:38 AM
Rob -- Rob, your Portrait is coming along nicely. Lauren's mention of it reminding her of a Pierrot Clown has certainly made me think similar. I think it's the eyes and mouth that have the familiarity. Looking forward to seeing it finished. :clap:

Larubia -- What a gorgeous self-portrait. I love it, and the addition of the Roses and the thoughtful look on your face is terrific. :clap:

Amosier -- That's a wonderful self-portrait. I really love the way you have rendered the entire painting. Thanks so much for posting. :clap:

Lauren -- Your Portrait of Janine is superb. You have so much character in her face, and your careful and precise rendering is wonderful. :clap:

Val. :wave:

05-18-2007, 10:31 AM
Two makeovers!! I had the originals listed to sell on eBay and they sat there and didn't sell so I re-worked them! I like them much better now- hopefully they will find some buyers.





05-24-2007, 10:23 AM
there are a lot of great works above.
Here is a watercolour of my wife done on textured medium weight paper at a4 size.
the scribbler


05-26-2007, 01:56 PM
I'm always impressed with the graphite drawings :)

And I always enjoy seeing Larubia's self portrait, one day i will try to paint myself from life, I drew my reflection in the computer screen one night, lol.

05-26-2007, 02:01 PM
I just finished this one, colors have dulled down a bit, oil on 11 X 14:


05-27-2007, 09:53 AM
I just finished this one, colors have dulled down a bit, oil on 11 X 14:

I like this!

Marc Barger
05-27-2007, 11:34 PM
Already showed this but thought I would again. Girl I knew from China. Named it "Hangzhou Princess". Pencil.

05-31-2007, 09:13 AM
dollardays -- Just love what you have done with your Portraits. They are both excellent, but I especially love the eyes of the first one. Was certainly worth re-working them. :clap: :thumbsup:

thescribbler -- I am so impressed with the Portrait of your wife. A Portrait in Watercolour is not an easy thing, and this is looking wonderful. So glad you posted it for us to see. :clap: :thumbsup:

Lee -- Another beautiful Portrait from you. I love the pose and composition. Terrific work. :clap: :thumbsup:

Marc -- This is so gorgeous. You have shown a very graceful, charming lady. I love the way you've done her hair, and also the pattern on the clothing is wonderfully oriental. Great work. :clap: :thumbsup:

Val. :wave: