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02-28-2010, 09:54 PM
Hi Everyone: I am putting up the images for the March portrait challenge. One, of me, Laurie suggested may be a good one for this. The other, is a natural light one of my daughter, Shauna.
Sorry, probably not a lot of difference between the 2 really, light wise, or theme.
Sorry, my browser will not enable cookies so will not allow me to upload the image. I have the links below. I'll try to figure this out tomorrow night, if I have time. Meanwhile, if someone else would like to save and add them, please feel free.


02-28-2010, 09:59 PM
the large files



02-28-2010, 11:08 PM
Here they are Joceyln!:)

03-01-2010, 12:43 AM
Ah great, thank you!!! I don't have the energy to figure out stuff like that anymore, once things change on me lol!

Have a good Challenge everyone!

Thanks; Jocelyn

03-01-2010, 09:57 AM
Jocelyn you and your daughter look like sisters. I'd like to try one of them but don't think I'd be up to the challenge like so many fine portraitists on here. Wonderful photos I might add.

03-01-2010, 08:45 PM
Hi Purple. Oh, thank you. I Wish I looked like her lol! Not even at that age did I.

Please don't refrain from working from them just because you feel there are others that are better skilled than yourself. There are Tons better skilled than I, always will be, but I won't stop drawing or painting because of it :-) So please, feel free, even if it is at a later date and you pop a new thread up.


Lauren F-M
03-02-2010, 10:02 AM
Both are great references -- thanks, Joss! :D

I'm actually finishing up a lot of old portrait drawings and framing them for a little show at my church. Finally got the mat-cutting thing working! :clap:
... so I do plan to play catch-up on the portrait challenge -- and the portrait swap! :eek:

Two lovely refs for the onset of spring! :thumbsup:

03-02-2010, 01:16 PM
Thanks for these wonderful references Jocelyn.

I did this one at work while I was on break. I was too impulsive and decided to use ink at such a small size paper. It turned out to be a real challenge especially the darkened part of her face, at this size any overlap of strokes causes a drastic change. I learned a lot. I think I'll have better success with a bigger size and a different medium.


03-02-2010, 06:18 PM
"It turned out to be a real challenge..." and you've handled the challenge quite well, Alvin - very nice work in the shadows!

Thank you so much for the pics Jocelyn :)

Here's mine - A3 size, Conte Carbone pencil, watercolor pencil for background.


Thanks for looking :wave:

03-02-2010, 07:52 PM
i love the different light sources on your daughters face--I'm itching to try painting them!

03-03-2010, 08:51 AM
Hi Tali. Yes, that tends to happen. There's natural light from the sliding glass, and probably an indoor light on. I do like that too, but it can be challenging.

These are great so far! I've always loved the type of pen and ink technique here.

The pencil drawing, I love the style used, the technique. You have sort of "Romanesqued" her, which I find I really really like! She looks liek one of those classic roman beauties here.

Glad the refs are workable.


03-03-2010, 03:55 PM
Hi, it's been a while since I've painted anything (about 4 years, I stopped painting after I had a stroke) but I though I'd jump in and have a go as I've always wanted to take part in one of the challenges :)

This is still a WIP, I spent yesterday doing a sketch in burnt umber and titanium white, and started adding colour today.

Oil on canvas pad, 12" x 16":


03-03-2010, 10:17 PM
Jocelyn, thank you for wonderful images once more. I shall do my best to do them justice.

Alvin, this is a lovely pen sketch, you've caught her look so well despite your misgivings.

roy-p, this is wonderful too, you've got her youth in this image and the hair is wonderful.

prunsquallor, such lovely skin tones in this piece and the hair is glorious too. I must pull out some oils and try as well.

I've decided to start with a sketch of the lovely Jocelyn. This is only a quick line drawing and I'll where it goes from here. This is in an 8 x 10 sketchbook using a mechanical pencil.


03-04-2010, 02:08 PM
Ahh, I'm glad you like the 'romanesque' look, although I'm not sure what it really implies :D

Thanks Jeanette, that sketch already looks promising!

Here's the latest: A3 size paper, Sanguine conte, soft pastel pencil for background and some minor digital tinkering around. Thanks for looking!


03-05-2010, 09:08 AM
Wow, glad to see that there is more work from the references! Great!
roy-p, again, I love that type of drawing. Prune, good colour use in the skin.

03-05-2010, 02:21 PM
Ok, Challenge taken! Here are mine. Done with a regular #2 pencil, a mechanical pencil, and a white colored pencil on a toned paper.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/05-Mar-2010/96813-wow.jpg (http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Uploader/upload_image_save2.php#)

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/05-Mar-2010/96813-wow2.jpg (http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Uploader/upload_image_save2.php#)

03-06-2010, 04:31 PM
Hello everyone:wave: I'm so glad to have found this group! I've painted with watercolors for almost 3 years and I love portraiture. I welcome all critiques. Deb

03-06-2010, 09:55 PM
Nice one Roy and Deb. Looks like fun I'll give it a go in charcoal and then watercolor.


03-06-2010, 11:11 PM
First post in this thread in a while. Glad to be back. Here we go Jocelyn in charcoal, next up watercolor version.

My comments on this one. Might have some resemblence but not there. She doesn't look like she's leaning over and looking down like the ref photo either. Lips arent curved enough to show a leaning over look. Right eyebrow a little to high. Basically just out of proportion. Eyes aren't too bad.


Jocelyn March 2010 Portrait Challenge
8" x 6" Charcoal on Stonehenge
By Kirby

03-07-2010, 01:36 AM
Here's my watercolor version a little better on the proportions. I used contour drawing, inside and out the way Charles Reid does with pencil then added the watercolor. A little overworked though.


8" x 5" Watercolor on Arches 140lb CP
By Kirby

03-07-2010, 02:12 PM
Thanks Kirby! I like your charcoal and watercolor. After looking at my portrait this morning I blended the back of her neck so there wasn't a hard edge. I guess I posted it too quickly.

WC Lee
03-08-2010, 06:52 AM
Here is a quick pen sketch of Shauna but somehow, added a few years to her :(


03-08-2010, 11:07 AM
Yeah, isn't it neat how little tweaks here and there can change a persons resemblence completely. Looks good Lee and Alvin.


03-09-2010, 09:51 PM
Nice work Deb! Love the bright colors.

03-10-2010, 07:53 PM
Nice to see work still coming in here :-)
Wow, you have Shauna older, but does she ever resemble my sister more here now! That is amazing actually.

03-10-2010, 07:57 PM
Lovely, lovely work here by everyone, particulary in the drawings. :)

WC Lee
03-11-2010, 07:20 PM
Gave this another try, this time with pastel .. a little better but still didn't get it right :(


03-11-2010, 09:13 PM

Hi all, I haven't been around for a bit been driving myself crazy trying to do a portrait from a tiny little studio picture of one of my husbands numerous relatives.:lol: Anyway here it is. It was nice and relaxing.

WC Lee
03-12-2010, 10:59 AM
did a little tweaking .... still need more but one area requires too much tweaking so going to leave this the way it is ..


03-15-2010, 03:14 AM
Hi All, I decided to try your portrait challenge this month, new to this forum. Here's my effort, in oils, on a 12 x 16 panel, about 2 hours into it at this point.
I didn't have a big pallette, only one blue: ultramarine, one red, cad red light and one yellow cad yellow medium and some white. I liked the simplicity of such a limited palette.

03-17-2010, 02:59 AM
mine, doesnt look like her, because of the hair and some mistakes but who cares lol

03-17-2010, 05:29 PM
Nice oil painting Anie and Lee I think you did a good job on your pastel version.


03-25-2010, 11:23 PM
My painting of Shauna, I used oil on a 16 by 12 canvas panel, thanks for the excellent photos and running the challenge.

03-27-2010, 05:48 PM
Thanks for providing the references, Jocelyn. It is wonderful seeing everyone's interpretations of the photo references.

My portrait is in oil.


03-31-2010, 01:35 AM
Wanted to get one in under the wire. Graphite on paper.


04-01-2010, 08:27 AM
Great to see all the renditions!
A very sensitive feeling drawing there johnc.


Lauren F-M
04-01-2010, 10:06 AM
Thanks for such a great challenge for this past month, Joss! :clap:
Are you leaving it open for a bit, in case people still can post up work?:confused:

04-02-2010, 12:42 PM
No, I just forgot lol! I'll Unstick it.

04-02-2010, 06:22 PM
Will there be an April portrait challenge??

Lauren F-M
04-03-2010, 12:28 AM
Will there be an April portrait challenge??

Yes -- I think that Kevin will be posting it up soon. :D