View Full Version : Portrait Challenge for April 2010...

04-03-2010, 01:56 PM
Are you ready ? ARe you really ready ?? OK - in honor of April fools ( but still, really the portrait challenge ) here we go! Have fun and don't be scared! These are ok for studies per fair use (all photographers names are in the title of the image) - if you are interested in selling a work you make, please contact the photographer for permission.

04-03-2010, 02:26 PM
Great material, hard to choose,

04-03-2010, 06:55 PM
Fantastic collection, Sir K! Just goes on to show the amount of sincere thought you put into this :clap:

I hope to do more, this is just an exploratory rush job in crayon/pastel, topped digitally. A3 size, cropped and enlarged.


04-03-2010, 08:50 PM
I've been lurking in Portraiture lately. Interesting photos. Love some of the expressions! I'll try to get something done. (I did do one for March but didn't finish it, so I never posted it.)

That first pastel one looks great!

04-03-2010, 11:01 PM
Very nice work roy-p. Charcoal sketch. Doc

Dana Design
04-06-2010, 11:25 AM
Kevin, Oh! I especially like the first two and will try my hand at one of them. Wonderful choices!

Dana Design
04-06-2010, 11:26 AM
Fantastic collection, Sir K! Just goes on to show the amount of sincere thought you put into this :clap:

I hope to do more, this is just an exploratory rush job in crayon/pastel, topped digitally. A3 size, cropped and enlarged.

For a rush job, it's beautiful! Oh my! Don't touch it further!

Lauren F-M
04-07-2010, 09:20 AM
Great references, Kevin! :clap:

Prosenjit -- very good! :clap: I see this ref/ subject has inspired you to pull out the colour & wow -- you sure did a strong piece here. :thumbsup: Those eyes are so full of expression. (not just clowning around, eh!) :lol:

Doc -- what a lovely drawing. I love the simplicity of it, and it has a nostalgic feel to it, like it was done in the past. :clap:

04-07-2010, 10:35 AM
What fun reference Kevin.

Wow Prosenjit - very nice work for a rush job - well for any sort of job really :clap: :clap:

Like your drawing too Doc :thumbsup:


04-08-2010, 06:51 AM
Dana, Lauren and Jools - thank you so much for your comments. You guys are too kind :)

Doc, that charcoal is so full of character :thumbsup: And thank you!

04-09-2010, 02:41 AM
Prosenjit - wow that was super -speedy and very nicely done!
Doc - great drawing! I hope we'll see more work .. these are some of my favorite refs we have had so far ( if I do say so myself..)

04-11-2010, 07:00 PM
Hi everybody, I am mostly a portraiture forum lurker...but I had some extra time and I really liked this picture, so I did this one real quick this weekend. I could probably spend more time on it, but I have other portraits to work on, I just couldn't resist this ref. It's 5x7, Prismacolor Colored Pencils on Uart 800 sanded paper. :)


04-12-2010, 02:47 PM
Hello everybody :-), great work here to see...i also couldnt resist to have a go and did try one of these great pictures...Mine is soft pastel on A4 paper.

04-12-2010, 05:15 PM
Very nice photo references, Kevin, thanks!
I like the work people are putting up. Most impressive. I tried the black and white study but put in some colour.

Red Nose


Lauren F-M
04-12-2010, 09:50 PM
Some nice clowning around going on here.... :D

Jenna & turnesol -- very nice colourful portraits of the blue-haired girl! :clap:

Harry -- I just love what you did with red-nose! :thumbsup:

04-14-2010, 08:46 AM
These are wonderful images Kevin, thank you.

roy-p, I love the colours in your painting, its so fresh and lively

doctasi, the sombre feel in this piece is a perfect candidate for your charcoal work, beautiful

brattgirl, excellent piece, love that expression

turnesol, good work on this, you've caught the look so well

harry, I really like your version of the red nose. The colours in the skin give an almost metallic look to him.

I've made a start on what seems to be the favourite image so far. I think the colours are so appealing. This is 12 x 15 300lb Arches watercolour paper. I build up gradually, so bear with me :) The image was taken under artificial light, so not great, sorry.


04-15-2010, 04:49 AM
Hi folks!
here is my shot at the challenge

pencil and charcoal.

04-15-2010, 07:03 AM
I've reworked this to try to make it more like the original.
This is oil on board, 12 inches x 10.

Red Nose, version 2


04-15-2010, 12:49 PM
Lauren, Jeannette - thanx very much for your kind comments. :-)

Jeannette - Looking forward to see your painting when is finished. Looks great so far.

Bentaye - great work! Love it :-)

04-15-2010, 09:37 PM
Here's the latest update on my portrait. This expression becomes a little unnerving. That direct stare perhaps but quite interesting to build up.

Still more layers to go...


04-15-2010, 09:40 PM
Bentaye, good drawing on what looks to be a complex reference. Perhaps if I'm feeling brave I'll tackle this.

Harry, Version 2 is equally wonderful. I just love the skintones.

04-15-2010, 09:51 PM
These are all pretty complex but I thought they might be fun - great great painting Jeanette!
Harry and Bentaye - very nice work as well - exciting lines and color and shapes!!

04-17-2010, 08:29 PM
Thanks Kevin.

I've added the final layers and tweaked a bit and am calling this one done.


and a closer crop for those who like to see the details :)


lovin art
04-18-2010, 01:33 AM
Hi Guy and Dolls, Kevin, thankyou for the fab refs and I chose the hardest for me at least anyway....:D
Everyone's work on here is so beautiful to say the least....RP, Brattgirl, turnesol, 123harry, Bentaye IslanderNL....:clap: and Im kinda wishing Id picked the child clown but well it is what it is, Im having a time trying to get this down and hateing it atm and thought if you have suggestion then bring them on thanks!!!:rolleyes: :D Soft Pastels on Mi-Teintes


Zoe Sotet
04-18-2010, 01:37 AM
Hi all, I'm new to these forums, I only found this thread a few days ago.

I don't normally do portraits. And I remember why... they are HARD!!! But this picture of the clown girl was so cool I just had to have a go.

I did this sketch, and I was going to add colour and stuff, but I actually kind of like it like this too. Not sure what to do now.

Ink on white mat board. 20x15cm.

I know the lips and eyes are wrong. I just couldn't get them right. I haven't done a portrait in years.

lovin art
04-18-2010, 02:27 AM
Hi Zoe, Lovely sketch, and this Looks great to me for someone who has not done them in a while.....put some colour to this.....either way wonderful!!:thumbsup:

04-18-2010, 03:48 AM
Just taking another look at these.

Bentaye, you're convincing me that this reference might be best left in black and white!

Super watercolour, Jeanette...and a lesson in how to render freckles subtly! You use the word unnerving. I find this ref slightly sinister, but intriguing.

Sandra, I think you've done a good sketch of a difficult pose. There seems to be a hint of Degas about the way you've approached it.

Love that loose pen sketch, Zoe. I don't think it needs anything else.

Zoe Sotet
04-18-2010, 04:42 AM
Here it is with some colour.
Watercolour is another thing I almost never use. Plus this wasn't a watercolour paper. I'm pretty happy with it though.

Zoe Sotet
04-18-2010, 05:11 AM
How do I find the photographer so I can credit them when I post this to my blog?

The image says grasshopper87, but that user doesn't seem to exist on here.

04-18-2010, 02:20 PM
zoe I found these on deviant art my apologies for not doing more homework - she is excellent. Maren Runesdatter Werner is the photographer. http://grasshopper87.deviantart.com/art/Clown-54568613

a speedy painting of this one this morning..


lovin art
04-18-2010, 04:29 PM
Kevin this is cool, still to lazy to drag mine out,.......but I should hey....:thumbsup:

Harry thankyou for those kind and wonderful comments on mine and guess what I love that you think theres something Degas about mine, he is one of my favs as far the impressionist goes, but i do love them all!! thanks again and cheers Harry!!:D

04-18-2010, 05:35 PM
sandra I missed your clown above! it's very good and yes I see the Degas "thing"!! ( your painting/drawing of the face reminds me also of Marillon Cotillard.. such an expressive actress!) zoe nice work as well!

Lauren F-M
04-18-2010, 05:52 PM
Wonderful work here! :clap: :clap:
Jeanette -- what a beautiful job you did on that lil' clown -- you handled the watercolours fabulously! :thumbsup:
Bentaye -- Great B+W drawing of that clown! :D
Harry -- lookin' great! :clap: My only concern is how the nose kind of blends in to the background. Are you going to add something to pull it out?:confused:
Sandra -- wonderful job on that reference. :D One of my favs, and you did really well with the pastels. :thumbsup:
Zoe -- Gee, I liked it in just the pen, and then I liked it again with the colour. Both versions are winners. :clap:
Kevin -- You do so well with the Corel Painter -- it looks like you apply the skills you have with oils to the digi version. :thumbsup: Funny, I was just in the Mac store with my son today, and was salivating over a Wacom tablet, and the salesperson told me I should get Painter first. I suppose that before I get either (also need to save up for it), I need to learn how to use the Photoshop I have to work on drawings I scan in..... :rolleyes:

Great thread! :clap:

lovin art
04-18-2010, 05:58 PM
Kevin , Thankyou and thats fine Im glad you like it but I was almost going to tear her up and start again its not the easyist but well Im keeping at her so I will post when Im done:D ....... I agree with you about the face looking like her, and its so funny you should mention this to me because I loved her in the movie of her as Édith Piaf the famous french singer she was just wonderful in that......:D

Thanks heaps Lauren, its yours if you want it... they way i feel about it atm....:lol: but lovely of you to say so...:D

Zoe Sotet
04-19-2010, 02:41 AM
Thanks everyone, glad you liked it.
I'm going to keep my eye out for these challenges, they seem like a great way to keep in practice and challenge myself.

04-19-2010, 07:33 PM
Hey there, here is my go at the sad clown :-) I want to try another one in te next few days. It's always so fun to see how others approach the same subject :thumbsup:


lovin art
04-19-2010, 07:59 PM
This is just lovely Erin, great use of colour here, Pastels Im guessing....nicely worked...!!

04-21-2010, 12:55 AM
Graphite on paper color in Photoshop

04-21-2010, 01:49 AM
Pencil and Photoshop

04-21-2010, 01:51 AM
I cannot get uploading to work. If anyone has a suggestion please let me know. Frustrating...

lovin art
04-21-2010, 02:07 AM
I cannot get uploading to work. If anyone has a suggestion please let me know. Frustrating...

Hi John, I just tried to access your art link but Its not working either, maybe if you can say how you are trying to upload it.....maybe we can work it out then....:) takes a bit of getting use too....

04-21-2010, 02:14 AM
Thanks for replying. I am following the directions exactly, and it has worked in the past. I open a reply post and click the image button. A new window appears and I browse the image. Then I click upload. It uploads and I see the image in that new window. I click the image and it NEVER puts a link in my post. In the past I was able to copy the URL of the image and manually paste it in my post using IMG tags, but now that doesn't work either. So I'm at a loss. Thanks for helping.

04-21-2010, 02:16 AM

04-21-2010, 02:17 AM
Ah, finally worked. Pencil and Photoshop...

lovin art
04-21-2010, 02:26 AM
Cool you got it to work:D

well done!!

John are you doing more to this, I like the way in which you are making shape and form of the head......this is a great ref to work from thats for sure....:thumbsup:

04-21-2010, 02:32 AM
Kevin, thank you for the challenging references this month.

I chose the first photo and I wanted to focus on the structure and gesture of the head in my interpretation.

Roy-p: I love the saturated colors in your sketch.
doctasi: what a subtle charcoal. beautiful
brattgirl: I think you captured the head tilt and gesture here. very nice
turnesol: love the color balance and the eyes.
123harry: wow. you really captured the pose the expression on this one
IslanderNL: what a beautifully executed watercolor. love the richness of the strokes
bentaye: excellent likeness. the hands must've been hard on that one
loving art: yeah you picked the hard one. but the result is fabulous. i started this one and gave up
zoo sooted: I love the pen work and the lines. really nice.
kevin: Nice gesture and you got the head tilt and mass. want to see more
erinemily: very nice subtle tones in the flesh. nice composition here

lovin art
04-21-2010, 07:07 PM
Background going in and Im hating this,.....:D Bin this I think......

04-22-2010, 07:28 AM
By far the most fun and edgy reference photos yet. Everyone is doing an amazing job.

04-22-2010, 11:30 AM
my try on this not easy image ..(soft pastel on paper, 2,5 hours work)

lovin art
04-22-2010, 11:43 PM
I so agree with you Martina, very hard ref to get down....and nice work on yours I like the edgeiness you have to this.....:D

lovin art
04-23-2010, 01:56 AM
Well, I just had to draw this one its so cute......I just did pencil then added some softies for some colour an hour tops......thanks for the look....:D


04-30-2010, 09:27 AM
hi everybody. I am usually on the pen and ink forum but I have been trying to self teach myself to do portraits. So I am very new at drawing people, my subjects are usually animals.
I have had a go at this challenge but have just done it in pencil. Not brave enough to try different medium yet!! Some fantastic work here. The Pastels look great!!! Thanks for the inspiration!!

Lauren F-M
04-30-2010, 09:53 AM
It's the last day of April -- where has this month gone!? :eek:

This has been a terrific challenge, and I encourage folks (such as myself) to keep posting up work here once May starts, as this is just too good to stop>:D

Meanwhile, I'll be starting a new Portrait Challenge thread for May -- look for it tomorrow.