View Full Version : Remembrance WIP

04-24-2009, 11:19 AM
I am doing this wedding portrait in Acrylic for a friend to give her husband for their 25th anniversary.
The reference photos are small and unable to enlarge without blurring.
Using a magnifying glass most of the time, hope you can kinda see what I have here and offer me any suggestions please.
ALL C&C VERY welcomed as I realy want this to be just right.
I am so used to doing details, its hard for me to make it painterly.
well see what you all think please.
Reference photos:

Sketch and underpainting:

First shot of progress:

04-24-2009, 11:22 AM
Update #2

Here is where I am at now...


I still have a ways to go yet, especialy their hair and clothes. I havent done much on his ears yet so more to go there too

ALL C&C VERY Welcomed!!

04-24-2009, 12:03 PM
For what ye had to work with, ye doing a terrific rendering... :thumbsup:

Bright Eyes
04-24-2009, 12:21 PM
This is coming along lovely! You've done a lot of work on it since last I checked in. My only suggestion would be to try not to paint the facial features and paint the muscles around them instead. If you leave the mouth and eyes for a bit and paint a little more on the cheeks, corners of their eyes, chin and forehead the expression on their faces won't look so forced. When someone smiles its a result of the muscles surrounding their lips, not so much their actual lips.
When I paint I'll smile or get the same expression as the portrait then feel my face to see where the muscles are pulling from. Sounds strange, and I tend to get paint on my face doing this but it really work.

04-24-2009, 12:30 PM
This is looking very good! I like the soft edges, so the figures don't look pasted on the background. Good likeness, too!

04-24-2009, 01:52 PM
Kathie this is looking better and better, just saw the beginnings of it in WOYE, definite strides here. If Kim hadn't suggested that I would have, lift those cheeks a bit and I'd say you nailed him..hard from such a bad photo but you are doing excellently! You're sooo talented kiddo.


04-24-2009, 04:14 PM
Thank you Robert!!
Kim, appreciate the tips so much, will give it a try!! /hugs
Linda, I realy appreciate your comments, thank you!
Elaine, Thanks you my friend, you realy know how to make me feel good, will definately give Kim's idea a try!!
Ohh I also cross posted in the Portraiture forum for thoughts there too.. hope they aren't as critical.. but I can take it!!
But I value everyone heres opinions way more!!

04-25-2009, 03:11 AM
Keep going Kathie, I know you will get there!!

04-25-2009, 06:28 AM
Bravo to you Kathie for painting a difficult one from small photo. I'ts looking good so far my only suggestion is the way the teeth look on the man in update 2 look better than how you've made them more clearly defined in the later one! Also his right ear looks larger than his left. OMHO
BTW, what a nice present to give them for their anniversary, they will have to be so pleased.

04-25-2009, 07:16 AM
Very,very nice Kathie! You don't need any help with this!:)

04-25-2009, 12:36 PM
Thank you Suan, for having faith in me too!! /hugs
Purple, Thanks for the suggestion, I have already whitened out the lines in his teeth and will work on the ear.. havent done much to them yet. thanks for noticing.. good to have other eyes .
Anthony, thanks you also for having faith!!:D
will post update today.. soon I hope, just want to do alittle more.

04-25-2009, 01:47 PM
Hi Kathie - these are stunning. Remember that you are a much better painter than I am, but in both faces the eyes, while lovely, look a wee teeny tiny bit high on their faces? And the eyes on the woman could be a wee tiny bit wider - the distance between the eyes is wider than an eye width, or so it seems on my monitor.

04-25-2009, 03:26 PM
Lovely. The bride is almost done IMO, you have a very good likeness and her smile and hair are very nicely done. The teeth of the guy are glaring, you wouldnt see them so clearly, individually. Some more shading on his face and you should be done. What a wonderful gift for your friend, I am sure they will be thrilled.

04-25-2009, 06:34 PM
It's looking great Kathie, looking forward to your next update!

04-25-2009, 09:22 PM
Nice work Kathie.

04-25-2009, 09:29 PM
Your reference material is so lousy. You are doing an amazingly wonderful rendering in spite of this! What a brave girl you are.

04-26-2009, 12:18 AM
You're doing great!! did you try scanning and then putting it on you comp. screen? Wonder if that would help with the size of the ref......
Looking for updates!

04-26-2009, 02:28 AM
Thank you very much EP, Nithya, Lillian, Chris, Steve and Ruthie.
The original photo isn't too blurry just small. this reference is a scanned onto computer of the photo and tried to crop which blurred it worse.
But not too bad just use magnifying glass most of the time.
unfortunately my computer is in the office(a spare room) and my studio is out in the dinning room.

Here is an update. painted all day long today. occas watching a movie this am and at lunch with hubby who is suffering from nasty chest cold.

so got alot done.. almost done.. just not happy with her mouth yet and these photos I took late this eve show them very pale.. but better closeup of her just he's too pale and need to work on his flower.

04-26-2009, 01:48 PM
Wonderful update Kathie! Their expressions are really good and the close-up really shows what a great job you did on her lacy dress. Well done!

04-26-2009, 01:56 PM
Thank you so very Much Lillian!! Greatly appreciate the comments.

04-27-2009, 11:36 AM
Nice work! I sure wouldn't want to take on a project like that.

04-27-2009, 01:42 PM
Thank you Michelle!

04-27-2009, 03:43 PM
What a wonderful and treasured gift this will be for years to come. Nice work - can't wait to see the finish.

04-27-2009, 10:25 PM
Thank you Aires!

04-27-2009, 10:28 PM
Hello all!!
I think I'm calling this done, unless someone sees something else that needs attention. Please let me know.
C&C welcomed
The bride is giving this to her husband for their 25th wedding anniversary, as a surpise. she commissioned me to paint this for her.
Thanks for looking.
11x14" gallery wrap canvas

04-27-2009, 10:42 PM
Beautiful job Kathie!!!!

04-27-2009, 10:43 PM
Beautiful finish. Bravo!

04-27-2009, 10:58 PM
THANK YOU Mike and Gayle!!
Greatly appreciated!:D

04-28-2009, 05:53 PM
Bravo!:clap: :clap: :clap: This is fabulous! :eek: :eek: She will be thrilled to get it and he will be thrilled to receive it:heart: ! You should be thrilled to have it finished in such a fabulous manner! good for you!!!:thumbsup: :thumbsup: :clap: :thumbsup: :clap:

04-28-2009, 06:10 PM
Kathie - what a beautiful piece! Something that will be cherished for years. You did a fabulous job on this.

04-28-2009, 06:19 PM
Fantastic finish on this Kathie. :clap: :clap: :clap:

04-28-2009, 08:42 PM
Thank you so much Mary for the VERY Generous Coments!!:D
Thank you Nancie and Patti, your comments are greatly appreciated:D !!