View Full Version : WDE 052909 - Jack Big Plume, MI

05-30-2009, 03:39 PM
8.5x11" sketch paper started in graphite but changed to pastels, Girault portrait and Senneliers. Referred to Harley Brown's book for colors, which I didn't push too much since it started as a B&W photo. Lots of retouching done on the original negative, common practice up until about 45 years ago. This started as a dull grey image and became much more fun for me with color added.


Posted around 1 p.m. today, but it disappeared, my error I'm sure. Paula
C&C always welcome. Thanks for the pics, Greygoose

05-30-2009, 03:44 PM
WOW he looks terrific :thumbsup:

05-30-2009, 03:47 PM
I feel as though I could touch his face, It jumps out of the screen. brilliant. :clap:

05-30-2009, 03:58 PM
Great colours!:)

05-30-2009, 04:11 PM

05-30-2009, 05:04 PM
Terrific bone structure! I can feel the shape of the skull beneath the skin.

05-30-2009, 05:09 PM
He's terrific, Paula! I'm glad you switched to color! :)

05-30-2009, 05:23 PM
Thanks everyone. EP, I really worked on getting the head structure as it should be...been reading more, just a bit, in bits of time, and trying. So much to learn in so little time, but it's so much fun, worth it.

Paula, timeless until the bell tolls...for whom does the bell toll? It tolls for thee. (Forget from which book or movie this came.) Google time.

05-30-2009, 05:37 PM
I love the colour version very much.

05-30-2009, 05:55 PM

Sketch of three pics, not yet completed, and have another bit of paper below to fill, maybe with mule deer. Still MI...but did this first. We'll see what happens next...

05-30-2009, 05:58 PM
Great color on Jack and I like the softness in the second.


Michael Akin
05-30-2009, 06:41 PM
Awesome portrait... Love the color challenge you took on.

05-30-2009, 06:57 PM
A wee ACEO, 2.5x3.5" Figured a tiny bit for this pic, and I like it.


Look great online for such a small bit of illustration board.

Paula, still open to C&C anytime. Forgot to say, this is painted in water with Caran d'Arche water soluble Neoart crayons. I have only 15 colors, because they are expensive, but very nice. Big crayons, and you can wipe your wet brush on the end and get these great colors. Used a pen to finish. Other ws crayons as just as nice, for less $.

05-30-2009, 07:47 PM
Nice job on these. Portrait is wonderful.

05-30-2009, 07:51 PM
Just got back from food-shopping and re-cycling to see another 3-in-1 entry!:clap:

And all so different from each other!

I'll definitely have to look up the reference you mentioned concerning skin tones...they're excellent...and I love the added colour and suggestion of decoration around the neck of his outfit..

Your successful mountains and goat pair-up WIP is already looking very contemplative in tone...will look in again on it tomorrow..:)

Wonderful bright colours against the white card...your last makes me remember just how strong and vivid the colours are in that pack of 15 I too have; but have only used once since Christmas... much like the addition of that lively pitch black line work with them...

05-30-2009, 07:57 PM
Wow...great job on all of these!

05-30-2009, 09:31 PM
Brilliant Colors!

05-30-2009, 10:42 PM
nice work :thumbsup:

05-30-2009, 11:31 PM
Beautiful!!! Great molding of the face...

05-31-2009, 03:17 AM
Great work on these! Love the floral piece!

05-31-2009, 06:27 AM
Great portrait, isn't that Harley Brown wonderful, I love the flowers as well. Such brilliant colours

05-31-2009, 07:41 AM
Love jack, brilliant, the others very good, where do you find the time for so much work.

05-31-2009, 03:01 PM
Wow!! That's a lot of great looking work! I love the colors in the flowers!

05-31-2009, 06:31 PM
Wow, that is a GREAT JAck and those other pieces are lovely too. The colours and softness makes a great portrait of him.

05-31-2009, 07:50 PM
Really beautiful job on Jack... & I love that WC ink floral!! GOtta get me some of those!

06-01-2009, 06:55 PM
great job on Jack,a nd love your sketches, the flowers are brilliant!

Joan T
06-02-2009, 10:44 AM
Love your colorized version of Jack. Super job on the flowers and good job on the goat!

06-02-2009, 04:29 PM
2.5 x 3.5" ACEO bristol, liked the background with the better half of a mule deer head. Started with ink, switched to Inktense, more ink, ended softening with pastel pencils. Not great. Was going to add the mule deer to the bottom of the goat picture with mountains in background, but didn't feel like it, so just used the tiny paper.


Have to try to make these ACEO's smaller on screen next time.


06-02-2009, 09:50 PM
Interesting crop of the mule deer...like the background forms around her!

06-03-2009, 07:17 PM
When you love blues, oranges don't come so instinctively. Not my flow with the other flowers and my struggle with these not so attractive.

ACEO, cropped. (Yes, you can crop a 2.5 x 3.5" pic), still didn't make it better by much. In the spirit, and as a lesson to stick with what you like...


Paula, who forgot to say the media: WC, ink, more ink. Should have done some pastel overlay, or something.