View Full Version : Portrait Demo...

11-27-2007, 06:32 PM
Thanks to RIL for photo..I start with background first bringing it into the crown of head and throughout face..purple.and using negative space to define features

11-27-2007, 06:35 PM
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/27-Nov-2007/118892-IMG_0676.JPG ooops .lets try that again,,,

11-27-2007, 06:36 PM
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/27-Nov-2007/118892-IMG_0677.JPG i bring in flesh tones and some hilights..a little more defining of eyes...

11-27-2007, 06:38 PM
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/27-Nov-2007/118892-IMG_0678.JPG close up

11-27-2007, 06:42 PM
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/27-Nov-2007/118892-IMG_0679.JPG more flesh tones and moving into smaller shapes ..more defining and more of background ....

11-27-2007, 06:46 PM
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/27-Nov-2007/118892-IMG_0681.JPG more of the beard and add more greens,yello ochres and definin afew more edges..in hat and eys

11-27-2007, 06:49 PM
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/27-Nov-2007/118892-IMG_0683.JPG added light blues to beard and also in background to carry eye through..

11-27-2007, 06:51 PM
thats it for today..not enough light outside to take pictures or inside for that matter..will finish up tomarrow.....

bruce johnson
11-27-2007, 07:22 PM
This is magical Alicia.. what a wonderful Christmas present to us all :clap: :clap:
I'm giving you a mentor point:wave:

11-27-2007, 07:45 PM
I love it!

11-27-2007, 08:09 PM
:crying: What a nice thing to say Bruce! and i'll take a mentor point( don't know what it is exactly but i'll take it)and thanks sheila for the great comment!

11-27-2007, 09:08 PM
Looking Great!! Just loving it.

11-27-2007, 09:24 PM
Great demo! Looks like you found the face by the way of Zen. Thanks!

water girl
11-27-2007, 09:59 PM
Please post It's not About the Bike for us. It's my favorite and others may enjoy seeing it.

11-27-2007, 10:40 PM
Karen, I don't have a digital photo of "Its not about the bike" ...i only have the picture of it that is on my website...did you get a photo of it ?

11-27-2007, 10:48 PM
OMG Alicia, It is way beyond fabulous!!!!!!!!!!!! Do you give lessons?


11-27-2007, 11:49 PM
Gorgeous so far... is this done on velour? it has that soft velour look.


11-27-2007, 11:57 PM
Alicia, I am simply blown away by your art. I spent a long time at your website thoroughly looking at everything and you are amazing!!! I wish I was wealthy enough to buy one of your pieces. I am sitting here with tears because they are so beautiful - you really captured the essence of these people. I have never tried a portrait and I don't have any confidence in my ability to paint them, but you inspire me to want to try!

11-28-2007, 12:51 AM
Alicia..............................................speechless! Your work is so amazing...Thank you, thank you. You know, I printed that same picture from the RIL to practice on and now I can't even imagine trying to do that one. Thanks for the gift of your WIP.


11-28-2007, 01:01 AM
Thank you for sharing with us Alicia. It is amazing how you put pastel to paper and make it come to life. I can't wait to see more.


Mary Brigid
11-28-2007, 05:51 AM
Alicia, you are GIFTED . I can't think of another word. Pastles are magic in your hands. Thank you.
Mary Brigid

11-28-2007, 06:07 AM
Looking great Alicia, it's fascinating to watch your approach. I had a go at this photo myself some time ago as a practice piece but lost direction about halfway through. I much prefer your interpretation already and I'm looking forward to seeing this progress. Like the others posting here I also admire your style enormously. Thank you for sharing this with us

Donna T
11-28-2007, 08:10 AM
Amazing work, Alicia. Thanks so much for doing this as a WIP. It is fascinating to see how you gradually bring the flesh tones to life over the dark strokes in the beginning.

Donna T

11-28-2007, 08:37 AM

I have seen a demo by Harley Brown (not in person drats!) where he just conjures a face out of his background and whoa! I never thought I'd see anyone come close - but wow! I think you've outdone the Master! I just love your site.


11-28-2007, 09:30 AM
:heart: Thanks so much everyone. Your comments are more than appreciated..They are truly received with graciousness...:heart: Binkie, as of right now i only give semi-private lessons at my studio...once in a while..but so far i really like helping in this kind of forum...Tracy...this could be a paint along for you...just copy what you see.....THIS PAINTING IS DONE ON SUEDE MATBOARD USING NU-PASTEL SO FAR...I HAVE STARTED A LITTLE WITH SOME SCHMIENKE'S IN THE BEARD AND BACKGROUND..AS I GET MORE INTO THE BACK GROUND AND THE BEARD I WILL BE USING MOSTLY SCHMIENKE...AND TODAY I WILL BE MAINLY DEFINING AND PUTTING IN HARD EDGES WHERE I WANT TO EMPHASIZE AREAS AND KEEP THE EYE IN THE CENTER OF INTEREST...EVERYTHING ELSE IS IN THE PERIPHERAL VISION..IT IS SOFTENED......

11-28-2007, 11:53 AM
Alicia, thank you for sharing this with us. As always, I am amazed at your style and technique. The face just seems to appear as you work. Truly wonderful to see.

11-28-2007, 05:32 PM
Alicia, what size matboard are you using?


11-28-2007, 06:04 PM
Here is the finish...http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/28-Nov-2007/118892-IMG_0691.JPG

11-28-2007, 06:06 PM
Close up on eyes and hat..http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/28-Nov-2007/118892-IMG_0693.JPG

11-28-2007, 06:10 PM
Alicia, you really should xpost this in the portraiture forum.


11-28-2007, 06:22 PM
The size is 11x15..I ran into several problems..the beard was becoming overwhelming..so i toned it down...if i would have shown more of the clothes i don't think the beard would have looked so massive...i thnk if i would have made the head a little smaller i would have had room for more at the bottom which would have made for a better composition...I added more reds ..orangy reds and pinky reds..{ i don't name colors...just what they look like}:confused: in the cheeks and the nose.. to bring those areas forward...and emphasized a few whiskers and on the hat around the face...i added the blue/green color in the background to add some excitement to the painting...i guess to make it pop you could say....punched up my values .....and when i was starting to overwork one of the eyes i called it quits.......

David Patterson
11-28-2007, 08:10 PM
What a wonderful demo Alicia. Your portrait work is just fabulous!!


11-28-2007, 10:26 PM
Thanks David.( mini maestro!)

nana b
11-28-2007, 10:30 PM
Alicia, could you come to my town and teach me how to do that?:) I love your portrait work!! I want to be that relaxed!!

nana b

11-29-2007, 08:49 AM
Nana, whats the weather like in oklahoma?:wink2:

11-29-2007, 05:03 PM
Thanks for the demo. Your paintings are absolutely breathtaking. I love to just sit at my computer and look at them.

Terry Wynn
11-29-2007, 05:18 PM
Thank you, Alicia, for your generous demo. I, too, was on your website yesterday and, like Shari, I was blown away by your paintings.

It is so kind of you to take the time, photograph, post, explain your way along. So very appreciated.


Tracy Lang
11-29-2007, 09:25 PM
Hi Alicia,
Thanks for the fab WIP! I absolutely love your work and am thrilled to "see" you on WC. I took a great workshop from you at San Clemente Art Supply in April-06. It was the first workshop I had ever taken and I learned so much...
Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!!!


K Taylor-Green
11-29-2007, 11:17 PM
I am just blown away by this. I hope you do as many for us as you can find the time for. Thanks so much!

11-29-2007, 11:32 PM
I'm am so blown away by the looseness and control of this piece. So, I went to your site to see more of what you do and I'm still trying to find words to express your talent! Awesome? Beautiful? Incredible? Yup!

11-30-2007, 12:32 AM
Alicia...excellent job...enjoyed watching your process! Mike

11-30-2007, 09:18 AM
Thank you,Jan, Terry, for your sincere comments, Hi Tracy, I haven't seen you post before..i hope to see more of you and your work!! thanks Katherine,Babybeeb and Mike, whose portraits are amazing!

12-01-2007, 12:11 AM
WOW . ..speechless! My wife is looking over my shouldr and we're both speechless. Great composition, color and emotion, Again wow!

12-02-2007, 02:42 AM
Great demo, I really like your style! Thanks so much for sharing!

Karen Margulis
12-02-2007, 09:23 AM
Thank you for taking the time to do a demo. It was amazing to watch the portrait emerge! Beautiful work!!!!


Rose Baggs
12-02-2007, 09:29 AM
Awesome work Alicia!!! Thanks for the demo! :)

12-03-2007, 09:03 AM
Thank you,MychaelShane,Holley,Karenmargules and RoseBaggs for all of your comments!!