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Lauren F-M
07-12-2010, 10:36 AM
The Portrait Gallery -- July 2010

As I couldn't find a thread for this yet, I'm starting one. :D

What's on your easel (or in your sketchbook) this month? :confused:
Show a finished portrait or one in any stage of progress. This thread is for showcasing your work; others will only critique your work if you request it .

So please show us what you've been up to this month. We'd love to see it.

Even if you have already shown it in the main portraiture forum, you are invited to showcase it in this thread, also, as this thread will remain in the Library Archives.

And be sure to check out previous Portrait Galleries. Lots of great work in there! :clap:

Lauren F-M
07-12-2010, 10:38 AM
... so, I'll start things out with a monochrome pastel pencil study I did last week at our portraiture workshop of Janine. Done 8 x 11", about 2 hours:

07-12-2010, 11:26 AM
This is a portrait of my nephew. He is 15 years old and he has a certain syndrome (don't know the exact name) because of which he will die very soon.
I made this for his parents (my sister and her husband). He himself liked it and so did they. It's H2Oils on canvas, 16x16". The green in the shadoe of his face on the right is more blending in IRL. I couldn't get the colour right in the picture.


07-15-2010, 02:24 PM
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/15-Jul-2010/75590-Picture147a.jpg glad to see thgis forum back...rubbed this down and repainted as i couldn't stand the one with the jewellry.
Connievanwinssen..so sorry to hear about your nephew and his illness..I wish him all the best in the world...so pleased he liked the painting..bravo to you for a fine work:clap:
LaurenFm...that is a fine study...you have some lovely shapes and form going on there!

07-15-2010, 03:33 PM
Here is What I've just finished in the july challenge

Connie I'm sorry to hear that sad new he seems such a nice guy:grouphug: to both of you You painted him well

Beautiful study Lauren



07-15-2010, 03:49 PM
Connie - awesome !!! love it!
Lauren - love your drawings!
Larubia - I like this one ! ( how many have you done ?)
Robert - nicely done - the eyes I particularly like!

07-16-2010, 12:01 PM
Wonderful work all around :clap: Thanks for the encouragement Kevin, and hosting the thread, Lauren :thumbsup: :)

A watercolor I painted recently (after a long break). Approx A3 size, on Cartridge paper - which is all I had at the moment. Multiple ref images were used. Ref images courtesy of K.



close up


Thanks for looking!

07-16-2010, 01:41 PM
Prosenjit - man! -oh! I think that is so good! I can see "you" in the work but I like both the painterly-ness of it, her attitude that comes through and the transitions. NIce work mate!

07-16-2010, 04:59 PM
Hi Larubia I realise I forgot to comment your portrait I was disturded by Connie's news. I like the light you created

Prosenjit I like your watercolor the edges of the washes give it rythm,I tend to blend them on my work

Thank you Kevin I like painting animals eyes they represent their
soul , same for humans [ nothing new ]



07-17-2010, 10:38 AM
Thank you for your comments. My nephew is still hanging on.
Lauren, great sketch of a seemingly tall woman!
Larubia, I love all your self portraits. They're very honest.
Robert, good portrait and a great hat!
Roy, you have a very good water colour technique.:)

07-17-2010, 11:28 AM
I don't think I have ever posted anything...at least not for a long time. I love to see the work here, it is a regular part of my day! Really great stuff!
This is Alec, from a weekly portrait group. I don't plan on doing anything to it...even though I'm sure there are faults to it :cat:. He is a 15 year old who does excellent wood carvings of faces. He has been at it for only two years!

07-18-2010, 11:01 PM
Bouguereau...Jeune italienne puisant de leau

Black and white charcoal
Canson Ingres...flannel grey

I really admire Bouguereau work…I learned that it is hard to draw a painting…I am still trying to figure out white charcoal…I had great fun in between great frustration…

I have stopped here not sure what to do now…thanks for looking…any comment is welcome…:)

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/18-Jul-2010/91040-wlady.jpg (http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Uploader/upload_image_save2.php#)

07-20-2010, 09:53 AM
I have posted these, my first (not very good), attempts at oil portraiture so that I can compare to my hopefully improving work in the future. Also it may be helpful for other beginners like me to see that they are not the only ones struggling.

With both of these I paid little attention to the likeness and concentrated on trying to get the skin tones right. As the first is based on a drawing of my son and the second WIP is an SP using a mirror, the tones should be very similar which they patently aren’t. So lots of work to do, particularly with colour mixing.

12" x 16" Oil on canvas paper

12" x 16" Oil on canvas paper

07-21-2010, 01:13 PM
A small, 12x10in, portrait in oils, based on two photos from RIL. Another exercise in capturing skin tones.
Thanks for looking

07-21-2010, 06:55 PM
Hey Ursula...this is wonderful...

07-22-2010, 10:38 AM
Very nice work Jeff with such grisaille you can do anything with it but it is very nice the way it is

John keep on practising that is the only way

Ursula this is very beaurtiful you ve got a realy nice glowing skin tone


Persian Kitty
07-24-2010, 08:24 PM
Amazing work everyone, UrszulA did you use a grisaille? I can see some grey under the fantastic skin on your portrait.

Here is what I have done for my husband. Its his grand father's 90th birthday, not finished yet.

07-25-2010, 09:09 AM
Jeff, Robert and Persian Kitty: thank you for nice words!

Persian Kitty: it was painted in two stages, first: drawing with raw umber over toned canvas, wiping off the lights, let to dry (so like grisaille but not as detailed, it's visible in some areas of the neck), second, around 5 hours: adding color. The gray is actually scumbled on the top of some warm tones.

07-25-2010, 09:11 AM
Persian Kitty: are these two in fact one painting? If yes could you post the whole piece? I love the expression on their faces, very beautiful and tender.

Persian Kitty
07-26-2010, 06:00 PM
Persian Kitty: are these two in fact one painting? If yes could you post the whole piece? I love the expression on their faces, very beautiful and tender.

UrzulA I love your work, I just checked your site and they are all great pieces of work.

Interesting you mentioned about painting with raw umber and then wiping it off, I had just read about it!!

I have just started one with a grisalle and have moved onto the colours but its no where near as good as yours or anyone elses here :o
I am however doing very light glazes as to let the grey show through, will see how it turns out.

Thanks for the info and the compliment, here is the two of them together.

07-27-2010, 01:40 AM
Very nice work here!

Ursula, the form reads right, yet it is loose enough to appear painterly - very cool. Hey, it looks like we're pursuing the same artistic goals, which is extra cool to me!

08-14-2010, 03:41 AM
Hi to all,
Nice works guys!

08-14-2010, 03:43 AM
This is my first post here.
Portrait of my daughter. Comments appreciated.http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/14-Aug-2010/43594-HPNX2641.JPG

08-14-2010, 03:46 AM
Another post, initial stage of soft pastel.
Thanks for looking.http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/14-Aug-2010/43594-HPNX2640.JPG

08-14-2010, 04:06 AM
Another portrait in progress.http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/14-Aug-2010/43594-P8060376.JPG

08-14-2010, 04:10 AM

08-14-2010, 07:04 PM
I posted this in the pastel forum last night, but this is what I've done this month. Tried to take a few chances with this. "Self Portrait" Pastel on 9x12 Canson Mi.

08-14-2010, 07:10 PM
This is my first post here.
Portrait of my daughter. Comments appreciated.http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/14-Aug-2010/43594-HPNX2641.JPG

good stuff - love the hair and the drawing is quite good! Her far cheek is a bit sharp-edged and .. is it rim-lit ? you have to lose the edge more for rim light to not flatten or bring that form to forard.. overall though - nicely done!

08-14-2010, 07:12 PM
I posted this in the pastel forum last night, but this is what I've done this month. Tried to take a few chances with this. "Self Portrait" Pastel on 9x12 Canson Mi.
Corey - nicely done as well.. your head might be a bit narrow (need a bit more head on your head!) though the crop is likely what is making my brain think that.. be wary of certain crops - like that one .... but the lights are nice and the features are good shapes! nice colors as well generally!

08-15-2010, 10:43 AM
To Kevinwueste,
Thanks for the complement. I really appreciate your observation.

08-15-2010, 12:37 PM
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/15-Aug-2010/75590-038.jpg thought i'd have a bit of fun...the russian in me.

08-15-2010, 02:59 PM

Lauren F-M
08-16-2010, 12:33 AM
AnneMarie -- this is great! Let the Russian flow! :thumbsup:

08-16-2010, 06:34 AM
Another great painting, I just love your SPs

08-16-2010, 08:34 AM
I love to see your latest paintings - I am a huge fan!

08-20-2010, 04:13 PM
I have posted this already as a WIP in the D & S forum and thought I would post it here. Any C & C welcome. It is Kate, a character from the TV series Lost. Derwent Graphite pencils (9b - H) on Daler Rowney Langton Prestige 140lb paper.

I am new to graphite pencils so I am still experimenting with different techniques...learning as I go.


Tony :)

08-20-2010, 06:18 PM
I thought I ought to post this here, I posted a WIP in the figure forum too. I was too late for the July challenge but loved the refs so much I had a go - Thanks to Lauren for posting such great photos.

Oil on an acrylic/graphite/charcoal background 24" x 18"

08-20-2010, 11:14 PM
portrait in progress


lovin art
08-21-2010, 04:17 AM
My New GrandDaughter, Alexis Grace.:heart: .......Wonderful work Everyone........:D


08-21-2010, 09:11 AM

My daughter's portrait. Calling this finished as of this afternoon! Will take a better photo tomorrow- the light is too warm.
Miss Sandra- congratulations! :clap:You certainly don't look old enough to be a grandma!:confused:

Lauren F-M
08-21-2010, 12:12 PM
Tony -- welcome! Thanks for posting up this lovely grahite portrait! :thumbsup:
Tina -- lovely portrait of Steampunk Edith! Glad you posted it up. :clap:
armparas -- your WIP portrait is coming along well. One thing -- that chair back/ antimacassar pattern is too brightly-coloured and detailed. I would suggest dulling the chroma back and making it less-focussed; perhaps even change the colours to something cooler. It needs to remain secondary to the main figure because it is basically part of the background. Looking forward to updates of your work on this. :D
Sandra -- Aww.... so sweet! Congratulations on the new grandbaby! :heart: They are so much easier to draw when they sleep. :lol:
Bethany -- Wow! :clap: You have 'brought the pony into the corral', so to speak. This is one fine portrait as well as a lovely record of your relationship with your lovely daughter, caught at this point in her life. :thumbsup: Find a perfect frame for it and find a place of honour on the wall! :D (also, include it on your website!)

08-21-2010, 05:02 PM
Bravo Armparas, Corey, Larubia, Tony, Tina Bethany
Bravo Sandra for your drawing and congratulations you have a new model waiting for you

lovin art
08-21-2010, 08:00 PM
Thankyou , Miss Bethany, your so sweet to say so, love ya heaps,:heart: and you to Miss Lauren, your right she easy to draw asleep..:lol:

Robert, Thankyou so lovely of you to say so, Ive missed not talking to you in ages , hope you are well....;) :D

Beth, your work is just stunning and your painting prowess is going from strength to strength well done you have a beautiful daughter.......:clap: :clap: :clap:

08-26-2010, 07:11 AM
I have had to call this one finished. I would have liked to add a background but both the subject (my Wife's Sister) and my Wife want me to leave it as it is. It would be a braver man than me that would argue with 2 such ladies.

I chose this reference because of her far away thoughtful expression and the way she is absentmindedly playing with the ring on her right hand. It is a good likeness but that all important expression remains elusive.

Sennelier pastel on Daler Rowney pastel paper 16 x 12


08-26-2010, 11:30 AM
I thought I would post the current state of my SP as it is nearly the end of August. The flesh colours have improved since I bought a tube of Flesh Tint. I have added other colours to it and do not use any straight from the tube but it solved my initial struggle to mix anything remotely resembling a flesh colour and has got me away from the Lobster effect. Still much to do before I can consign it to my Studio (spare bedroom) wall.


08-26-2010, 06:30 PM
I've posted this portrait of my niece, Lilli, in the pastel forum, but didn't crop it quite as hard as I've done here. I think the tighter framing speaks more of my style of portraiture and also feels more contemporary whereas the traditional pose she originally was drawn in felt less exciting to me. Now, I'm pleased with the results. It's my first portrait in 3 years and it felt great doing it! Image size is 15 x 13 inches (down from the original full sheet size of about 24 x 20 inches) done on Ingres toned pastel paper using conte' crayons black, white, sanguine and a cool red Nupasel.

08-27-2010, 12:21 AM
Hi to all!
Nice work of art guys!

08-27-2010, 12:25 AM
HI to all,




valentine girl
08-27-2010, 12:41 AM
this is my first time posting in this forum. my latest portrait of my son and his girlfriend.http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/26-Aug-2010/143385-DSC01718.jpg

08-29-2010, 06:11 PM
Finished it in July, so I guess it qualifies. Thanks to everyone that has posted. Your work is inspiring.