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Lauren F-M
02-03-2011, 06:48 PM
After January's great Loomis head-structure exercises, I thought it might be a good -- and fun! -- idea to concentrate on the baby head this month. Also, since it is February and Valentine's Day happens on the 14th, I'm throwing in some cupids, as well as some Old Masters' takes on babies. :heart:

At the end -- for those who want some non-baby refs -- I'm including some non-baby refs of a lovely red-haired woman named Nicole who recently posed for our local Portraiture workshop.

So, my babies are my own son and daughter when they were babes, so please excuse the quality of some. I've got a range from newborn up to around I year, with as many different angles as I could find.

Here goes.....

Newborn: 9 hours old (my daughter)
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/03-Feb-2011/20772-Skye_1_WC.jpg
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/03-Feb-2011/20772-Skye_2_WC.jpg
2 weeks old (my son):
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/03-Feb-2011/20772-Lee_1_WC.jpg
3 months old (daughter):
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/03-Feb-2011/20772-Skye_3_WC.jpg
4 months old (daughter):
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/03-Feb-2011/20772-Skye_4_WC.jpg
5-1/2 months old (son):
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/03-Feb-2011/20772-Lee_2_WC.jpg
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/03-Feb-2011/20772-Lee_3_WC.jpg
7 months old (daughter):
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/03-Feb-2011/20772-Skye_6_WC.jpg

Lauren F-M
02-03-2011, 06:57 PM
1 year old (son):
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/03-Feb-2011/20772-Lee_4_WC.jpg
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/03-Feb-2011/20772-Lee_5_WC.jpg

Here, my daughter is 6 months old and her big brother is 4 years old:
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/03-Feb-2011/20772-Skye_5_WC.jpg

Old Masters:

Hans Holbein: Edward VI
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/03-Feb-2011/20772-Holbein_edward-vi.jpg

Mary Cassatt:
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/03-Feb-2011/20772-cassatt39.JPG.jpeg
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/03-Feb-2011/20772-cassatt_breakfast_1897.jpg

Willliam Bouguereau:
Cupid & Pyche as Children, 1889
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/03-Feb-2011/20772-Boug_Cupid+psycheWC.jpg
For a higher resolution version:
http://www.artrenewal.org/pages/artwork.php?artworkid=21&size=huge

Temptation
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/03-Feb-2011/20772-Boug_temptationWC.jpg
For a higher resolution version:
http://www.artrenewal.org/pages/artwork.php?artworkid=28557&size=huge

Lauren F-M
02-03-2011, 07:03 PM
... and the bonus references, of the lovely Nicole!
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/03-Feb-2011/20772-Nicole2_WC.jpg
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/03-Feb-2011/20772-Nicole5_WC.jpg
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/03-Feb-2011/20772-Nicole1_WC.jpg
.... same angle, but with a bit of a smile... :D
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/03-Feb-2011/20772-Nicole3_WC.jpg
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/03-Feb-2011/20772-Nicole4_WC.jpg
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/03-Feb-2011/20772-Nicole7_WC.jpg
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/03-Feb-2011/20772-Nicole6_WC.jpg

Clive Green
02-03-2011, 07:29 PM
Thanks for these Lauren. I will skip the Bouguereau though :lol: .

NancyMP
02-03-2011, 09:38 PM
Oh, my, Lauren, what a beautiful array of choices. I could take a whole year just doing part of these!

agnesdale
02-04-2011, 10:03 AM
yehey!!Nice!Forgot to post my January Drawings/study!!!SO hope I wont forgot to post this!This is exciting peices!!Thank you!!

lovin art
02-05-2011, 04:47 PM
Lauren These all rock:D and so do you my girl !!:clap: Im going to try something for sure:thumbsup:

Is that you Lauren with your Son :D cute bubs....:heart:

lovin art
02-05-2011, 08:28 PM
Gees , Just couldnt help myself Lauren , you know my love of Babies ... because of Lex:heart: ... so I just had to have a go at her, its those big dark liquid pools for eyes that I got lost in !! :) .... Thankyou for letting me draw your beautiful Daughter ...Im sure I didnt do her justice, but she sure is a sweetie ....:D



http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/05-Feb-2011/186639-003.JPG

producer4u
02-05-2011, 10:22 PM
Hey looking good Sandra!!!! Nice feeling and mood you have in it!!! Your off and running! Beat everyone here!!! ;)

Hey Lauren I like the old classical painting you posted called "Temptation" Don't know if I've seen that before. Mary Cassatt stuff is really nice too!

Lauren F-M
02-06-2011, 01:17 PM
Nice work, Sandra! :D I love your touch with conte!
It is rather comforting for me to revisit my son and daughter as babes. This one just turned 23 in January! Still a sweetie-pie. :heart:
Thanks for getting us started with the babies! :thumbsup:

fivespices
02-06-2011, 08:51 PM
Thanks Lauren for all the babies pictures.

Here is my attempt for colors. I think I should stay with charcoal for a while.
His face is bit shorter than the photo. Well, there is always the next try.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/06-Feb-2011/60973-wc-p-20a.JPG

C & C always welcome.

kim

Lauren F-M
02-06-2011, 10:33 PM
Kim, you did a great job here! :clap:
I recognize my son here (well, how he looked about 25 years ago.) :D

fivespices
02-06-2011, 10:40 PM
Thanks Lauren;

You are so kind. My application of paint is not smooth. Will keep trying.

kim

sidbledsoe
02-07-2011, 08:46 AM
Here is a sketch of the model in the pose I liked with Derwent Coloursofts on pastel paper 9x12, thanks Lauren!
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/07-Feb-2011/112587-IMG_0124.JPG

!becca
02-07-2011, 10:48 AM
Sandra, and Fivepieces, adorable baby drawings from both of you!

Sid, of the group, this was my favorite too! Nice work with the color!

Willsart
02-07-2011, 01:07 PM
I didn't have time for the challenge last month, but this one I couldn't miss. Its that red hair thing...I picked Nicole because the profile so much reminded me of Sargent's Madame X. So here is the beginning sketch with some of last months tips and pointers thanks to Mr.Loomis and Kevin (the triangle circle thing works). More later.
Pencil on 9x12 sketch pad

NancyMP
02-07-2011, 01:40 PM
Sid, that's one of my faves, too, and you've captured her expression beautifully!

NancyMP
02-07-2011, 01:42 PM
Will, terrific start! What medium are you going to use for this?

sidbledsoe
02-07-2011, 01:47 PM
Very cute expressions Sandra and Kim and good pencil work Will.
Thank you Nancy and Becc!

kevinwueste
02-07-2011, 03:14 PM
Already some great things from folks Lauren - and a great batch of references of the fam ! I hope I can get a chance to (not) screw up a drawing of a family member or the red head!! ;-) Willsart - that's a nice drawing block-in! - kw

Lauren F-M
02-07-2011, 06:24 PM
Willsart -- you've got a great start! :thumbsup:

For those interested in the similarity to Sargent's Madame X, here is a link:
http://www.lynetteabel.org/Art.html

Wonder-w
02-08-2011, 02:13 PM
Lauren, thank you for these lovely challenge. I wish to try work on baby photo.

lovin art
02-08-2011, 04:36 PM
Hey, just want to thankyou for those lovely comments on mine , very nice of you who did thanks again!

Sid , love the vibrant colours in yours:clap:

Will , Great start your right she does look like her Hey !!...:D

alvin
02-08-2011, 09:49 PM
Thanks for sharing these beautiful pics Lauren. I finally had a little bit of time to draw. My attempt in prisma.
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/08-Feb-2011/108953-P2080004.JPG

Rose4U
02-09-2011, 12:41 AM
Thank You for the Wonderful Pictures Lauren.

This is my attempt at the secound Photo of the red head. It does not look like her so I might have to give it another try.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/08-Feb-2011/105753-face4.jpg

trevors
02-09-2011, 11:54 AM
Thanks for putting this up Lauren.
I am going to give the babies a miss but couldn't resist having a go at the lovely Nicole so here is my effort 18 x 12 approx strathmore velvet grey and pastel pencil
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/09-Feb-2011/105971-portrait1.jpg

venetian_red
02-09-2011, 12:50 PM
These all look really nice! Alvin you should post in the coloured pencil forum, I really like the way you've used the pencils in your portrait.

ElaineV
02-09-2011, 02:30 PM
How often does one get the opportunity to draw someone that has one brown eye and one green? I wanted to celebrate that, thus the crop.

This is my first submission to the Portraiture forum. I've been hanging in the colored pencil forum, trying to learn. Picked up colored pencils last November and have been having a lot of fun since. Noticed I was passing the opportunity to draw a lot of things because it "had skin in it." I'm determined to get over that. Thanks to George924 for posting a flesh tone tutorial at the colored pencil forum. This is about my 4th attempt at portraits.

You oil painters are lucky in that you can mix color and then apply it. With colored pencil, all the colors have to be applied to the support -- no turning back.

C&C welcome, because I'm seriously trying to learn to improve my work.
8x10" Prisma colored pencils on Stonehenge

http://i387.photobucket.com/albums/oo311/vechorik/PortraitChallenge.jpg

fivespices
02-09-2011, 09:46 PM
A lots of excellence works here. All those lady colors drawings are beautiful. Drawing Nicole is complicate and I might try to drawing her at the end of the challenge.

Lauren: You have cute babies. Please point out to me what you see in your girl's painting are wrong, You will not hurt my feeling. I cann't figure out why the photo looks more orange and spotty than the painting. She looks more pink and smoother. Could it be the lighting enviroment when I took the picture.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/09-Feb-2011/60973-wc-p-22b.jpg

Now I see her right eye seems smaller than her left, because I mess up her eye lid when I darken it.

C & C always welcome.

kim

fivespices
02-09-2011, 10:00 PM
Rosanne: Your pencil Nicole is beautiful and bathing in the sunlinght. Beautiful mood!

Alvin: Your colors on the baby-boy is so appropriate for that age. I like them a lot.

Happy painting.

kim

NancyMP
02-10-2011, 12:04 AM
I just finished a drawing of the Beautiful Nicole because I don't want a bad start on my oil of her. What I do is begin on the last sheet of a tracing paper pad, and keep tracing it so that I finally get it accurate. This is the third sheet, and any critique you can give me would help with the fourth sheet.

The sooner I feel confident enough of the resemblance to go to oil the better. I have another project going of a redhead (The Lady of Shalott), and this will be a good study for that one as well.

Lauren, you come up with some of the most fantastic models and references I've ever seen!:heart:

http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/../Community/images/09-Feb-2011/203830-Nicole_sketch_005.jpg

kevinwueste
02-10-2011, 12:31 AM
An interesting method nancy.. Everthing looks pretty human and all good to me. for painting prep I will over emphasis shifts from light to dark so I can map that out for the xfer and inking.. your mileage may vary!

kw

kevinwueste
02-10-2011, 12:31 AM
Thanks for sharing these beautiful pics Lauren. I finally had a little bit of time to draw. My attempt in prisma.
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/08-Feb-2011/108953-P2080004.JPG
Alvin - beautiful drawing!

kevinwueste
02-10-2011, 12:49 AM
How often does one get the opportunity to draw someone that has one brown eye and one green? I wanted to celebrate that, thus the crop.

This is my first submission to the Portraiture forum. I've been hanging in the colored pencil forum, trying to learn. Picked up colored pencils last November and have been having a lot of fun since. Noticed I was passing the opportunity to draw a lot of things because it "had skin in it." I'm determined to get over that. Thanks to George924 for posting a flesh tone tutorial at the colored pencil forum. This is about my 4th attempt at portraits.

You oil painters are lucky in that you can mix color and then apply it. With colored pencil, all the colors have to be applied to the support -- no turning back.

C&C welcome, because I'm seriously trying to learn to improve my work.
8x10" Prisma colored pencils on Stonehenge

http://i387.photobucket.com/albums/oo311/vechorik/PortraitChallenge.jpg

Elaine, there is quite a bit of nice handling of color and form here. With that, you can be happy! Here eyes are most likely a very close color but the light (and perhaps almost a highlight) is bouncing right off the inner surface of her left ( viewer's right) iris/cornea so we are seeing a bit of a specular transmission and refraction all at once.

The Drawing: I took the image, tilted her to match your drawing and you can compare below. Big things ( in highly contrasted gray scale so we can look clearly at thet shapes) are the shape and length of the nose, the smaller and more delicate chine/jaw and the larger size of the left (our right side) eye socket). George's tutorial is great and as you continue to develop your skill in doing CP heads, I would suggest working hardest for now on getting the shapes, the perspective and key values right ( spacing and placing).

As I tell me students: Big shapes first - get them nailed. Divorce the word "detail" from your vocabulary (because detail is NOT our friend until way later in a drawing ).. Loomis studies - like we did last month can be helpful as well - do lots of eyes, noses and mouths ( and heads!).. I would also suggest - even though I like the crop you did - not doing close crops as it is less helpful in the learning phase!

As to this quote:
"You oil painters are lucky in that you can mix color and then apply it. With colored pencil, all the colors have to be applied to the support -- no turning back." - I will say the following - what a CP artist has that a painter does not is MUCH more control - you have a thin, stiff, fine-pointed instrument ( a colored pencil) and you can put it exactly where you want and to get to a color is a slow, careful process. With oil paints, you have a floppy, unruly brush that can have a mind of its own, and if you put the wrong paint down it is always wrong, no matter how soft or careful your touch is. And when a mistake is made in painting, it's usually big! ( and difficult to quickly unwind unless you want to sand or wipe away lots of work!)

a comparison for you to consider..

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/09-Feb-2011/164138-elainev_comparo.jpg

NancyMP
02-10-2011, 01:26 AM
An interesting method nancy.. Everthing looks pretty human and all good to me. for painting prep I will over emphasis shifts from light to dark so I can map that out for the xfer and inking.. your mileage may vary!

kw

Thank you, Kevin! :) I just did the thing in Photoshop where I dragged my drawing over the photo and made it more transparent. I saw where I was seriously off, so the next thing you see from me will be not a corrected drawing, which I'm doing now, but a start on the painting.

And before I start, I'll do a baaaaad:cool: xerox for tonal ref!:lol:

ElaineV
02-10-2011, 09:59 AM
Re: close-up, profile lady/Kevin's tips

I see so much more wrong with my close-up profile lady in black and white.
I wondered why there wasn't more likeness. Shading is way off.
I appreciate all your tips -- Thanks big-time!

ElaineV
02-10-2011, 07:17 PM
I've been working in black and white for about 2 more hours.
Well, not really. I've been working in color, scan to black and white, work, scan, work, scan.....how did the masters ever do it without a computer?

It's a great tip though and a good way for a newbie to easily see what's wrong. Seems that nose "runs from me" no matter what I do. LOL

C&C = More tips appreciated as I'll work on this as long as the paper holds color. I'm working on the chin/jaw area now.

Origin Yesterday's Today's

Lauren F-M
02-10-2011, 09:05 PM
A lot of great art work going on here! :clap:
Much thanks to Kevin for his "eagle eye" and right-on observations and advice. :thumbsup: I can't add much to what he's said... though I'll do what I can. :D

I want to loudly echo his advice to NOT get into details!! I know it's hard, but it's so important to get the construct and shape relationships correctly. The details can come later -- really! Now, off my soapbox! :o

Alvin -- that's a lovely colour pencil of my daughter, Skye! Bravo! :clap:
Roseanne -- Nice drawing of Nicole! :thumbsup:
Trevor -- charming pastel of our lovely lady! :D
Elaine -- good handling of the coloured pencils in this one of Nicole; a very challenging angle and Kevin has been most helpful. :thumbsup:
Kim -- That's a lovely one of Skye; she had such a cute way of sticking her tongue out when she was a babe... sigh... :clap: While I didn't look at the photo to compare, since you've asked if I notice anything off, the nose -- while nice -- doesn't really look like hers. Please compare to the photo. :confused:
Nancy -- A good start on Nicole. Now, I'm also working on a portrait of her in oils in this same profile, and it's tough! :eek: I think you have her chin or from the bottom of the nose down off. :confused: As I say, it's tricky; I know mine is off at the moment. Probably something else will be off once I get back to it. :rolleyes:

Randa2000
02-10-2011, 09:13 PM
very nice work everyone ,here is what i am working on now ,is soft pastel

on canson ,i am not done yet ,i still need to do some corrections here and

there

it seems i cannot upload ,i will try attachment

661412

NancyMP
02-10-2011, 10:52 PM
Nice work, Randa, the mouth is particularly well done. The nose is a little off-center and needs work, as does the chin.

Lauren, I caught that chin discrepancy on the #4 tracing of my drawing, but thank you for pointing it out. Where I really find myself uncertain is on the side angle of her lovely eye - I don't want to exaggerate it, but I do want it to look as large and lustrous as it is. That is going to be a concern for me to keep from overdoing it! I will do a looser block-in, but when I reach any detail work later, the side view is a very small area, and I'll probably need my #000 brush!

thomas w
02-11-2011, 08:07 AM
Here's my submission: 16 x 20 oil on canvas

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/11-Feb-2011/95987-study.jpg

Done in two sittings of roughly 6 hours total.

Thanks,

Randa2000
02-11-2011, 10:26 AM
Thank you Nancy ,here is my update for today

661862

Randa2000
02-11-2011, 10:35 AM
after posting i noticed the earrings position :lol:

661872

ElaineV
02-11-2011, 02:53 PM
C&C - especially neck color & why my portrait doesn't look like Nicole.
Artist, I think means, learning to see and my eyes aren't so wise yet.
I'm calling this finished.
15 hours colored pencil on Stonehenge 8x10

George924
02-11-2011, 04:01 PM
Great work everybody, I have a lot more to say but pretty much out of time, I'll be checking in and watching but these commissions and clients has to come first. I enjoyed the two months of leisure and learned a lot from you all, thanks for everything...

NancyMP
02-11-2011, 06:40 PM
Here's where I am today, and I need to take a break and go meet some people, but I will be back at work on her tonight if anyone has something to say or notices any bad stuff!

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/11-Feb-2011/203830-Nicole.jpg

Randa2000
02-11-2011, 07:46 PM
Nice start Nancy

here is mine for today ,i think i am done ,c&c

662312

kevinwueste
02-11-2011, 08:14 PM
Nancy - looks nice! I know you are working and in-the-midst.. I am interested to see you do not work from dark to light .. I would have the basic hair values blocked in before all those mid-tones and lights get done - but if that works for you - go go! I'm always rolling out of darks - always !! ( ok except when I somtimes roll back but that's only later!)

the only thing that is staring back at me sort-of is that band of red on her upper lid which I know you are likely planning to turn a bit as it rolls under and away from the light..

nice work!

Randa - the drawing is solid perhaps a bit (a tiny bit) wobbly ( a bit right here, a bit left there or up v down - like the nostrils and ears. it's quite minor though. the bigger thing with this painting is that you might be painting the light more - painting the planes of light at their darkest - where are the darkest darks ? - and lightest - where are the lightest lights ?

Kevin

Rose4U
02-11-2011, 09:13 PM
Thanks Lauren for all the babies pictures.

Here is my attempt for colors. I think I should stay with charcoal for a while.
His face is bit shorter than the photo. Well, there is always the next try.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/06-Feb-2011/60973-wc-p-20a.JPG

C & C always welcome.

kim

Kim I think you did a great job with the color in this portrait so keep using color. Though I do see why you want to use charcoal because you did such a lovely drawing in charcaol and graphite "Happy Grandma" from last month.

NancyMP
02-11-2011, 09:24 PM
Nancy - looks nice! I know you are working and in-the-midst.. I am interested to see you do not work from dark to light .. I would have the basic hair values blocked in before all those mid-tones and lights get done - but if that works for you - go go! I'm always rolling out of darks - always !! ( ok except when I somtimes roll back but that's only later!)

the only thing that is staring back at me sort-of is that band of red on her upper lid which I know you are likely planning to turn a bit as it rolls under and away from the light..

nice work!

Kevin
Kevin, I usually start paintings with dark block-ins, but this was an experiment.

I started thinking about how some flesh tones are so delicate and translucent, such as this redhead's complexion; almost all babies; young children; and the very elderly.

I decided I would try a complement for the turning of her facial forms (sap green because of its transparency), and paint more opaquely over that. Then I got so excited :D by what was happening that I forgot to put in all the darks in her hair and dress at the same time!

Back to it!:D

stapeliad
02-11-2011, 10:05 PM
The work in this thread is so superb, makes me want to jump in too. Very inspiring. I would have to push 2 other paintings aside though, so I'll just happily watch and learn. :)

fivespices
02-11-2011, 10:56 PM
Rosanne:

Thank you so much for still giving me hope. You have given me more credit than I should get. I will try this practice ... draw-paint-draw.......
Really, your pencil Nicole is peaceful and it has a happy mood. I love colors and sunshine.

Happy painting.

kim

Lauren F-M
02-11-2011, 11:13 PM
Here's where I am today, and I need to take a break and go meet some people, but I will be back at work on her tonight if anyone has something to say or notices any bad stuff!
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/11-Feb-2011/203830-Nicole.jpg

Really nice, Nancy! :clap:
I like the background colour you've used more than the one I've been using. Really compliments her. :thumbsup: I'm looking forward to seeing the red hair! :D

fivespices
02-11-2011, 11:14 PM
Lauren:
Thank you for pointing
out what is not correct. Now I understand why some painter would keep the painting away for a week and come back to find out what is not right. I had painted her nose too long, the bridge between the nose too bright and the shadow/light of the shape is not exactly match. I had fixed what I thought needed to be fixed. The skin tone could be improved as my color mixing skill improved. Thanks again.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/11-Feb-2011/60973-wc-p-22d.jpg

C & C always welcome

kim

NancyMP
02-12-2011, 01:49 AM
Thank you, Lauren! I thought that when I put her glorious hair in, if the background makes everything look muddy I'll do it a different color, a cooler color. But I'll wait until I have the rest of the colors blocked in.

wal_t
02-12-2011, 04:54 AM
Nice paintings in this thread. I have chosen the picture with the clearest light conditions (although the profile is more characteristic). Acrylic on cotton canvas. Walter

Randa2000
02-12-2011, 08:26 AM
here is my update again ,do you think it looks better
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kevinwueste
02-12-2011, 02:04 PM
Kim the baby looks good! I especially like the hair and mouth shapes - good work! All this practice pays off huh ?!

Walter - a nice beginning - nice drawing.

Randa - MUCH improved! nice! you might soften her left ear ( the forms will be a bit softer).. and the right while you're at it - but nice work!

Nancy - well what you are doing is working! Keep it going !

Kevin

lovin art
02-12-2011, 07:28 PM
Thanks again Lauren for such grand refs ... :thumbsup:

Randa looks Beautiful :thumbsup: , Walt very Nice start to yours , and Kim I love the deep eyes that grab the viewer, Lovely:clap: ... Nance you know what I think of yours oILY gIRL :heart: :D

Taking out my emotions on my drawing I guess ...I look at her and well , ~I see a sadness , and a look of a bygone era, that I really wish Id be born too , when Life was much simpler ...Thanks for the share ...

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/12-Feb-2011/186639-006.JPG

fivespices
02-12-2011, 07:58 PM
Kevin: Thank you again for the Jan. challenge. The drawing seems much easier now. The Loomis method and your guidance on type of shadows really given a road map to construct the head. I am grad you like the baby.

Sandra: Thank you for your encouragement. I admire your ability to feel what the model feel. I wish I know what she was thinking while I am drawing this one (following attachedment).

Nancy: I am learning what you are doing now. The colors are good.

I am trying Nicole in black/white charcoal on this one.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/12-Feb-2011/60973-wp-24a.jpg

C & C always welcome

kim

NancyMP
02-12-2011, 08:19 PM
Kim, this is a lovely drawing and I think it captures her perfectly. She's probably thinking, "Should I fix the fish or the chicken for dinner tonight?"

Sandra, you do have her looking blue, but nice work!

ElaineV
02-12-2011, 08:33 PM
At the beginning stage, Kevin said I shouldn't do close ups. I'm thinking of drawing the baby in the Temptation painting -- or should I be drawing from the photographs?

Also, In the Temptation painting, there is a sharp shadow at the baby's right hand thumb that doesn't make sense to me. Is that a mistake?

lovin art
02-12-2011, 08:44 PM
Hi Elaine , its always easier I think to just suggest these areas of the body if your just starting out with drawing or painting that is ...but of course Kevin knows his stuff , if he suggested it I would follow it , and I dont think thats a mistake in the painting its the cast shadow for sure ...hope this helps ...

Thankyou Nance!

lovin art
02-12-2011, 10:33 PM
Kevin: Thank you again for the Jan. challenge. The drawing seems much easier now. The Loomis method and your guidance on type of shadows really given a road map to construct the head. I am grad you like the baby.

Sandra: Thank you for your encouragement. I admire your ability to feel what the model feel. I wish I know what she was thinking while I am drawing this one (following attachedment).

Nancy: I am learning what you are doing now. The colors are good.

I am trying Nicole in black/white charcoal on this one.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/12-Feb-2011/60973-wp-24a.jpg

C & C always welcome

kim

Kim , this is very lovely, Great work :thumbsup: and it does get easier the more we do for sure , sorry I hadnt realized you posted after me , Thankyou for such touching words on mine , and a work of art must have a Voice Kim :) ... Im realizing that more and more , art for me is not just about creating it , it needs feeling to be alive !!

NancyMP
02-13-2011, 12:45 AM
I'm disappointed in my painting tonight; starting to put in her hair wreaked havoc with what I thought was a neat color for the background. Now I have to think up a new background color; maybe a cool gray... I keep adjusting the face and getting it wrong - I have lost the acquiline curve of her patrician nose. Her eye is too low, as is her eyebrow, and the ear is bigger than that. Anyway, it needs more color in her hair, so I need it to dry a bit. This http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/../Community/images/12-Feb-2011/203830-Nicole2_WC_copy_3.jpgis what it looks like now.

I'll wait to make a decision on the background until I have more orange in the hair.

kevinwueste
02-13-2011, 02:10 AM
Elaine, - What Sandra said! -- I think * I said not to worry about detail until that last possible moment - .. not sure about the close-up thing but examining a master work like this Bouguereau painting can be useful. Is it a mistake? - I would not think it so - especially w/in context of what is a rather large painting - if you step back from the whole work - does that stand out ? not at all - so contextually I think it's fine. Also a cast shadow that is right next to the object that cast it can and often is quite sharp..



I saw a new student at school today beginning a master copy of a Bouguereau .. I think I joked to him, - 'nothing like attempting Everest on your first climb!' in other words, it will be massively challenging but if it doesn't kill you - you will learn a lot!!!



Kim - nice drawing - the best I have seen from you ! - one thing - to keep her from feeling like she is pouting too much - be sure to observe that tiny up-turn ( subtle) at the end of her mouth/mouth-edge.. just that little curve up slightly changes everything!

Kevin



Nancy - it'll come good!

Kevin

asarkis
02-13-2011, 10:27 AM
I have tried Nicole's portrait in pencil, and later try in oil. C&C welcome.

suz_lyn
02-14-2011, 11:08 AM
Goodness, these are wonderful reference photos, Lauren! I just had to jump in. First, a quick 15 min pencil sketch of your adorable baby on 8 1/2x11 sketchpad:

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/14-Feb-2011/70552-WCbaby2.14.11-b.jpg

Second, a longer - unfinished/abandoned - attempt at the gorgeous model. I think I could draw her face all week long, and will probably try this pose again, as I ran out of space on my sketchpad for the part that looks like the most fun - her hair! Mechanical pencil on sketchpaper:

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/14-Feb-2011/70552-WCPortrait2.12.11.JPG

Thank you for the beautiful photos!

Willsart
02-14-2011, 11:35 AM
Having trouble finding time to work on this. I cant decide on the back ground or the blouse color at this point, I didnt like the purple it seemed a little strong for me, that might bite me later. So for now I have a little of the profile filled in.

Lauren F-M
02-14-2011, 01:17 PM
Wow! Lots of great portraits happening here! :clap:

Sandra, Kim & Sue lyn -- great drawings of Nicole. :thumbsup:
Nancy -- your painting is really coming along well! :D
Great that Nicole is providing the muse. :music:

Sue lyn -- nice profile of my son! :thumbsup:

Thanks again to Kevin for his great advice. :clap:

drkhorse2323
02-14-2011, 03:51 PM
Hi ! My attempt at the challenge, I'm not really happy with the background always the hardest part. Colored pencils and pastels on matte board 10 x 16 in.

C & C always welcome, Im not usually a portrait artist usually animals
Thanks for looking!

Vanessa

lovin art
02-14-2011, 04:07 PM
Thankyou Lauren for sharing such wonderful refs Girl !! I mite try a quickie of her in oils Its such a classical pose ~ and Yes Lauren your right Sir K IS PRETTY grand LIKE :thumbsup:


Vanassa :clap: , I love this ,very nice you did a grand job on her , and I like the green its a good choice it complements her top I think

NancyMP
02-15-2011, 02:06 PM
Here's Nicole with the green umber background. It's an improvement but not by much. I'm thinking I should have gone with Yellow Ochre now.... I'm always having background troubles!

http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/../Community/images/15-Feb-2011/203830-Nicole_3.jpg

MSegev
02-15-2011, 02:34 PM
Lauren, your models have always such interesting faces and of course, the babies are absolutely adorable :-) It's very kind of you to share the references, thank you.
Portrait challenges are wonderful for practice and it's a pleasure to see everyone's work!

Nicole has a great face and wow, that red hair! I just had to take a break from work for a study. Worked mostly on her face and will need to find time for the rest! It's 30x40cm, oil on canvas.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/15-Feb-2011/178320-nic6_ft1.jpg

wal_t
02-15-2011, 04:05 PM
Second painting session, just some block-in and some darks, next is the modeling .... Walter.

lovin art
02-15-2011, 04:35 PM
Nance:heart: , shes looking very regal , Lovely work , I love the highlights you have in this , throw some sap green into it for the bg , well its what I would add .. just a suggestion!

Mary as ever you are fab at making it look so easy girl !! :D

Walt she looks spot on , do you qlaze or direct painting ? anyhow Nice eh!:thumbsup:

Willsart
02-15-2011, 06:16 PM
Getting along a bit more not to sure about the blouse color yet.

Mary, your portrait is really great, I like the colors, values and shadows in the skin tone.
The same to Nancy and Vanessa. Hope mine turns out as well as all of yours I have a long way to go.


Wonderful work all.

fivespices
02-15-2011, 09:31 PM
Walt: Your second layer is coming along well. Thanks for your WIP. It is very interesting to see how the underlayer colors influence the top layer and how one built them up layer by layer. Thanks


Nancy, Mary and Will: All your colors are so good. Same model; same profile (quite close) and yet they have 3 different moods and feeling to the viewer. This is amazing and humbling. Thanks you for all your posts.

God bless all the artists!

kim

kirants
02-15-2011, 11:41 PM
Nice drawings and paintings, everyone! I don't know to paint, so just watching and hopefully soak in things slowly.

Had some free time today and just went for a quick sketch of one of the baby photographs. I might attempt other references here if I find time. The aim for me is to work on quick note making and hand-eye coordination.

Details:
Paper: printer paper
Size: 9" X 11"
Pencils: Graphite 5B

Comments and critiques welcomed as usual.
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/15-Feb-2011/735272-wc_p_ch_1.JPG

123harry
02-16-2011, 09:19 AM
What a beautiful face this lady has.
Oil on canvas, 13 inches x 10. The painting needs quite a bit more doing to it. I might get it done this month but this is the state of play at the moment.

Nicole

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/16-Feb-2011/186003-WC_Portrait_February.jpg

agnesdale
02-16-2011, 10:47 AM
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/16-Feb-2011/215691-BILD0013.JPG

ACrylics on Canvas!!

Hi to all!!

watercolourfanatic
02-16-2011, 01:10 PM
This is my first attempt at the lovely Nicole. Tremendous photos and poses. I post with some trepidation because of the very high standard on here. Still here goes. This is in watercolour and I try to follow the way Charles Reid does portraits, loose and somewhat abstract but it has come out much tighter.:(

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/16-Feb-2011/219929-IMG_0281.JPG

Peter:)

kevinwueste
02-16-2011, 04:08 PM
Wonderful work Willsart, Peter, Harry, Agnes and Kirants ! Lauren - just great refs! Can you be my hired photog ? no wonder Lauren's drawings are so good - good eyes translate - methinks! I will humbly add my painting of NIcole to the pile. I learned quite a bit, or reinforced things in my mind about form and skintones as I did this. So it was tons useful to do!

This is over several days..

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/16-Feb-2011/164138-Nicole_by_kw_018_resized.jpg

I have posted a slideshow of the process on my blog. This was not an easy reference for me (drawing, values, light).. but she has such a great face!

Kevin

roy-p
02-16-2011, 04:41 PM
There are some incredible works in here... you all are sooo very talented! I really feel that Lauren's stupendous thread ought to be here for another month, there are still so much one can do with it. Thank you so much Lauren! I hope to join in with some more... but here is what I have from this evening, about a couple hours :

A3 size, pastel and conte


http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/../Community/images/16-Feb-2011/148165-port-a-CU-feb11.jpg


http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/16-Feb-2011/148165-port-a-800-feb11.jpg


Thanks for looking and joining in :wave:

lovin art
02-16-2011, 04:55 PM
OK ' Hang on a Min..... I think these to guys above, can leave the building for sure~ (asking nicely);) , but you cant take your work with, you can leave that ~Yikesss............:clap: :clap:


Peter , Agnes , Harry , Wonderful renderings :clap:

123harry
02-16-2011, 07:04 PM
As ever, it's the variety of work which is fascinating here.
Kevin, that's a complete knockout....chapeau! beautiful use of colour. I'm off to read your blog and try to pick up some tips!

Turpintine45
02-16-2011, 07:51 PM
Amazing all of you just amazing. Kevin interesting blog. No way I can keep up with you guys but I'll keep drawing. Jen

NancyMP
02-16-2011, 08:15 PM
:clap:Kevin, I want to be in some of your classes! Wow, you really do this so beautifully!:thumbsup: I'm gobsmacked! I loved the demo on your blog; you make it look easy...:D

Willsart
02-16-2011, 10:04 PM
Ok, well this one kicked my ... Not really very happy with the way things turned out but I learned a bunch. The most difficult work I've done. To all the others, Great work I learned a lot from each. As soon as the system will quit saying that the upload failed I'll post, had nothing but trouble posting the past week.

Posted on Flicker at http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/5451997393/

Willsart
02-17-2011, 11:50 AM
Not having a good computer day... sorry, here is the new link: http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/5453197525/lightbox/

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/17-Feb-2011/164138-will_nicole_ptng.jpg

NancyMP
02-17-2011, 03:48 PM
I'm including two shots; the one under the Ott light reflects the wet paint but shows the facial tones better, and the one under natural light shows the blouse tones and color better.

And of course, I changed the background yet again!:rolleyes:

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/17-Feb-2011/203830-Nicole_4_002.jpghttp://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/17-Feb-2011/203830-Nicole_4_001.jpg

!becca
02-17-2011, 04:59 PM
Nancy, you have done lovely work on this...very elegant.

NancyMP
02-17-2011, 05:09 PM
Thank you, Becca!

lovin art
02-17-2011, 05:30 PM
Oh Wow Nance :clap: :clap: , shes truly elegant !!! Most beautiful ! -and the bg came together for you by the looks of this .....you are so inspiring:heart: to me Nance as you know !!

NancyMP
02-17-2011, 06:46 PM
Awww, Sandra!:heart: You are way too nice:angel:, but a real love! Thank you so much, chica!:)

Monikam
02-17-2011, 07:14 PM
Nancy - This is terrific!! Georgeous skin tones and you've captured the light so well. How big is it?

Willsart
02-17-2011, 08:51 PM
Thank you Kevin for putting up my work for me, I don't seem to be able to upload for now, the error message is, file failed... donknow.

Nancy I agree with everyone, beautiful work on a tough subject.

Mary,Kevin and Nancy beautiful skin tones and values you have been able to capture the depth and essence of the subject. Your craftsmanship is amazing. I Have sooooo much to learn from all of you.

NancyMP
02-17-2011, 09:10 PM
Thank you, Monika!:heart: It's a 12"x12" panel.:)

NancyMP
02-17-2011, 09:16 PM
Will, you grouped me with Mary and Kevin! Thanks:), but I would really have to work to achieve that high level of knowledge and achievement; I'm still learning, too!:lol:

stapeliad
02-17-2011, 10:51 PM
Nancy she really looks great, I like the color, and the background came out nicely as well.

Turpintine45
02-17-2011, 11:46 PM
Nancy this is wonderful work. Great job. Jen

NancyMP
02-18-2011, 12:46 AM
Thank you, Jessica and Jen! :heart::)

123harry
02-18-2011, 02:48 AM
Just been taking a browse through the work on show, a few thoughts.....

Alvin Nice drawing of the child, precise but lively. Kim, another lively, chuckling child. You find yourself grinning when you see it!

What a fabulous model Nicole is! It struck me that the paintings and drawings of her fell broadly into two groups. Some people had approached her as a classical ideal, others as a romantic heroine. I saw it this way.....

Classical: Rose4u, Nancy, Elainev, Willsart, Vanessa, Mary.

Romantic: Kim, like one of the Bronte sisters. Sandra, Suz lin, Peter, whose watercolour I really liked, Kevin, roy-p's vigorous sketches, Probably wal-t, hope to see the finished product here, and me.

Somewhere between the two, Randa, a wistful, poetic view. Asarkis, reminded me of Eric Gill's drawings.

Thanks for sharing your work, everyone, most enjoyable.
Thanks for hosting Lauren, great references.

Lauren F-M
02-18-2011, 09:34 AM
Nancy -- truly lovely painting of Nicole... and you did it so quickly! :clap:

lovin art
02-18-2011, 10:02 AM
I started modeling the Face , This is in oils on cotton canvas probly wont finish her but it was good for study..Harry so lovely of you to decode all our work , I just read all that and thought its was Lovely ;) sorry not the best at the pic thing but it shows her


http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/18-Feb-2011/186639-007.JPG

roy-p
02-18-2011, 01:21 PM
Yess, again... the eyes! Wow! This will be another rich portrait, Sandra :thumbsup: LOL @ your comment @ 'these two guys above can leave the building' :lol:

Thank you Harry and everyone for kindly looking and commenting, you all are so very inspiring (and talented!). And yessss, I vote again to continue this thread up to end of March! :D

Okay did some limited palette thingy with the following two acrylic sketches. Crimson, Turquoise and Cad Yellow deep (with Titanium white). Approx 30 cm x 28 cm paper size.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/18-Feb-2011/148165-port-b-feb11.jpg

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/18-Feb-2011/148165-port-c-feb11.jpg

MSegev
02-18-2011, 02:17 PM
Wonderful work guys, way to go! Practice, practice, practice.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/18-Feb-2011/178320-nic6_ft2.jpg

stapeliad
02-18-2011, 03:52 PM
Oh my gosh Mary...that is just superb!!!

lovin art
02-18-2011, 05:18 PM
Thankyou Sen your words mean alot:D , I mite attack her one more time, I think because her eyes are different colours it keeps throwing me ... unusual , I picked that pose as mostly side profile's were being done...

:D I love your version of Lauren's little one , so sweet!! , but you do paint beautifully Prosenjit :thumbsup:

Lovely work Mary !!:D

!becca
02-18-2011, 05:39 PM
Sandra, lovely pale skin tones and very nice for a quick study!:thumbsup:

Roy, lovely and bold!

Mary, beautiful work!

NancyMP
02-18-2011, 06:24 PM
Thank you, Lauren!:D

Sandra, :heart: your value range is so good in this one! This is going to be your romantic style, I can tell, because her eyes look so dreamy!

Roy, what healthy-looking babies!:)

Mary, your work is so beautiful, and so over the top, that we should study what you do more intently. Do you teach?

lovin art
02-18-2011, 07:35 PM
Hey Ladies , Hey Ladies, want ride in my mercedes:music: .... I cant help myself in fact Im very touched, thankyou both Oily dolls Becc and Nance at such wonderful words:heart: :thumbsup:

doppler
02-18-2011, 11:09 PM
Hi every one. There is some FANTASTIC work here. I've been lurking ... trying to get the time ...

Here's the first 1/8th sheet Arches HP and gouache. Not quite finished yet and the hair does definitely need toning down ...

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/18-Feb-2011/141006-Redhead1wc.jpg

then a one hour sketch and daub in transparent watercolour ... same size

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/18-Feb-2011/141006-RedheadWC.jpg

Hope to do some more :crossfingers:

roy-p
02-19-2011, 07:11 AM
Weird... gremlins ate my entire post! :rolleyes: Reposting...

I had meant to thank you for your kind comments - Sandra, Nancy, Becca... and everyone who had dropped in to look. Mary, its always great to see your work! I have never had an opportunity to try gouache - I love your brilliant colors, Annie :)

Okay, I might just as well post an updated pic of one of the acrylics (further tweaking plus photographed in better light)...

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/19-Feb-2011/148165-port-c2-feb11.jpg

Hope this won't be eaten up :crossfingers:

wal_t
02-19-2011, 08:38 AM
Session 3 and started with the modeling, switched to Open Acrylics for that purpose ... Walter

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/19-Feb-2011/166484-Nicole-3.jpg

Lauren F-M
02-19-2011, 12:19 PM
The wonderful portraits just keep coming along here! :clap: :clap:

Sandra -- what a lovely touch you have with this portrait of Nicole! :thumbsup:

Prosenjit -- you did a wonderful job on both pics of "wee Lee" -- excellent likeness (to how he looked about 25 years ago!) :D Actually, that second one did post the first time, but I enjoyed seeing it twice. :thumbsup:

Mary -- Wow! :eek: You are amazing -- that is a wonderful painting of Nicole. :clap: I echo the praise for your skills. I hope that you will do a portrait demo on this forum soon (pretty-please!) :heart:

Annie -- two lovely portraits of Nicole. :thumbsup: I also haven't used gouache much -- found it really tricky.

Walt -- Lovely portrait! :clap:

wal_t
02-19-2011, 02:52 PM
Session 4 and touched a bit everywhere. Next will be the hair ... Walter


http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/19-Feb-2011/166484-Nicole-4.jpg

lovin art
02-20-2011, 04:31 AM
Beeeutiful Walt !!!!!!!:D

Thankyou Lauren:D , I hope to get back to her:crossfingers:

123harry
02-20-2011, 09:05 AM
A few tweaks added, but I did manage to scan most of the painting in, which gives a much better idea of the colours. I'll leave it at that.

Nicole

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/20-Feb-2011/186003-WC_Scanned.jpg

wal_t
02-20-2011, 09:48 AM
Session 5, worked in the hair and background .... that's it for this weekend .... Walter


http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/20-Feb-2011/166484-Nicole-5.jpg

kevinwueste
02-20-2011, 01:06 PM
Prosenjit - some very "chewy" "chunky" forms on the wee-man ( little boy)
Wal t - coming on nicely !
Harry - really nicely done! I particularly like the airy feel to the shadow side of her head - well done!

Kevin

watercolourfanatic
02-20-2011, 05:16 PM
I've painted another view of Nicole in watercolour and for better or worse here it is. She is a delightful subject.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/20-Feb-2011/219929-IMG_0296.JPG

armparas
02-21-2011, 03:52 AM
Hi
Nice works everyone!
My contribution on this thread.
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/21-Feb-2011/43594-P2200112.JPG 10"x 15" pastel

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/21-Feb-2011/43594-P2180088.JPG WIP oil pastel on pelt paper

alvin
02-22-2011, 09:59 PM
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/22-Feb-2011/108953-P2220005.JPG
Watercolor just took this photo. I probably need to mess with it a bit more. C&C

lovin art
02-22-2011, 11:49 PM
Alvin Thats really lovely !!! ~Everyones work here is exceptional!!!:clap:

I had one more stab at her ......:o not the best use of words I guess ...:D


http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/22-Feb-2011/186639-006.JPG

NancyMP
02-23-2011, 01:04 AM
Sandra, lovely work; both loose and careful at the same time! If I get time, I want to do this pose, too!

!becca
02-23-2011, 02:44 AM
Sandra, she is lovely, nice features.

lovin art
02-23-2011, 03:08 AM
Thankyou both oily girls !! ...I really should finish her right off ,poor girl has no ear ,but like her as is...:D

ElaineV
02-23-2011, 12:09 PM
I'm searching for my next project and considered this photo.
I really don't like the baby's left cheek squished on the pillow.
Would the drawing still appear okay if I omitted that cheek?
Would an experienced artist miss it?
Advice appreciated.

http://i387.photobucket.com/albums/oo311/vechorik/BabyFace.jpg

Monikam
02-23-2011, 01:55 PM
Alvin Thats really lovely !!! ~Everyones work here is exceptional!!!:clap:

I had one more stab at her ......:o not the best use of words I guess ...:D


http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/22-Feb-2011/186639-006.JPG

I just love this Sandra!! Loose and delicate at the same time. So beautiful!! :clap: :clap: :clap:

kirants
02-23-2011, 02:20 PM
I'm searching for my next project and considered this photo.
I really don't like the baby's left cheek squished on the pillow.
Would the drawing still appear okay if I omitted that cheek?
Would an experienced artist miss it?


It depends. I think it might be ok to lose it. if you decide on some sort of background tone to the whole drawing, you could even match the background tone to the skin tone and lose the edge that way. Just some hints of shadows away from the edge and the mind might still think there is something going on there, yet, you wouldn't really be drawing most of the cheek :)

lovin art
02-23-2011, 03:59 PM
I just love this Sandra!! Loose and delicate at the same time. So beautiful!! :clap: :clap: :clap:

Aww, Mon you are so sweet, oily girl! Im very flattered chica:D , its her eyes that capture me ...so elegant dont you think !!

NancyMP
02-24-2011, 01:28 AM
Elaine, if you just echoed the edge of the other cheek at the top, and echoed it in a narrower slice and not as puffy at the bottom edge, that might be better than totally losing it, because then the baby head would look like it was floating above the pillow.

'NotherNan
02-24-2011, 02:19 AM
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/24-Feb-2011/831622-DSC05796.JPG
I've been enjoying seeing everyone's work. Here is mine-first WC posting. Still a few tweaks to make, so please C&C and I can add those as needed.
9x12, pastel on Wallis.
Thank you!

fivespices
02-25-2011, 11:57 AM
There are so many great portraits concentrate in just this thread and also a great commentator (Harry123) whose comments add spirit to these paintings. Thanks everyone.

I forget that I still have one more effort to post. Here it is

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/25-Feb-2011/60973-wc-p-27a.jpg


C&C always welcome.

kim

TruEnuff
02-26-2011, 07:44 PM
Hi Artist Friends!
I've been going back through the posts for the February Challenge and marveling at the quality of work. There are some amazing entries! Fantastic examples of oil, charcoal, color pencil, watercolor...wow.

Here is my attempt. I don't always have an opportunity to participate, but I really couldn't resist this little Cherub! Thank you Lauren!

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Uploader/upload_image_save2.php#

EDIT: My apologies...I'm unable to upload my image for some reason...and I can't find how to delete this message. Very frustrating! But my comment about the wonderful work here stands!

TruEnuff
02-27-2011, 12:32 PM
OK, Let me try this again....

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/27-Feb-2011/37443-IMG_1163.jpg

Well, what do you know, it worked! That was painful! Once again, thanks to Lauren for this charming picture of her daughter...and for all the pictures in this month's challenge. My painting is 12"x9" oil on canvas panel. It's about three hours total in three sessions.

Here's the painting and reference photo in my studio. I used the EasyL instead of my regular easel because I like how it holds smaller paintings closer to eye level with the palette right there.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/27-Feb-2011/37443-IMG_1164-1.jpg

Keep Painting! :wave:
Bruce

suz_lyn
02-27-2011, 04:29 PM
WOw, I'm so glad I popped back in to see everyone's efforts! Time for some kudos-dishing on recent posts:

Bruce, I love your colors and those watery eyes - heart-melting for sure!

Kim, your drawing is truly beautiful. Wonderful hair! I adore this illustrative-like style, this looks like it belongs in a book.

NotherNan, wow, what a way to start off your WC "career"! :thumbsup: great light, and I think you gave her a great, slightly mona-lisa-esque smile.

Elaine, what did you decide to do? I did a quick sketch of that reference, and I think the best thing to do is, draw it without, then add it in, and then decide. I decided to keep that little cheek in, it just seemed to belong.

Sandra, you nailed those eyes. Brilliant! Have you done any more or did you lose interest because she is clothed? :evil: I think she is worth finishing, but you only have, like, 2 days left in Feb, girl!!

Alvin, I cannot cannot believe those are watercolors, that is amazing. WOW. That blue shirt and her skin tones... :clap:

Armparas, your rendition reminds me of a starlet glam shot from long ago, it is soft and glowing. You have also rendered some lovely shimmering eyes.

Watercolourfanatic, that glow on her cheek is perfect!

Walt, your lights and shadows are great, love the patches of color, am wondering if you are still tweaking? tick, tick, tick March is almost here! :)

123Harry, stunning use of the deep black on her irises, looks like there's some glare on your painting I wish I could see it in person, love the brushwork

suz_lyn
02-27-2011, 04:36 PM
And here is a more concentrated effort from me, trying to do this beautiful girl better justice than my previous attempt before the month is over! This is sienna brown prismacolor pencil on 9x12 sketch paper. Looking forward to next month's challenge!

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/27-Feb-2011/70552-WetCanvasNicole2.27.11.JPG

lovin art
02-27-2011, 05:26 PM
Hey Suz , Im just about to go to school but I had to comment on this:D , I love this you have improved on the last effort you posted of her , this Rocks Girl ~eh!!!!:clap:

Bruce , Lovely cherub face you caught here !!!

123harry
02-27-2011, 06:30 PM
Just dropped in to take a look at the latest page.

Bruce: Super study of the child. I love the painterly look of it. Very lifelike.

Suz lyn: Thanks for your positive comments. Yours is a delicate sketch, it's got that wistful, Bronte sister look about it.

alvin
02-27-2011, 08:47 PM
I have to thank Lauren again for the references this month which brought out so many inspiring works. Great job everyone!
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/27-Feb-2011/108953-P2270002small.jpg
I think this I'm done fiddling with this one. Watercolor mostly W&N on Canson 140lb cold pressed 12x16 i think.

fivespices
02-27-2011, 09:11 PM
Suz: Thank you for your kind words. I like your Sienna color and the luminous skin tone. Very skillful in shading. Someday I will try color pencils.
They looks like more difficult than oil colors.
Me too, I am looking forward for the next month's challenge.

123harry: I google the Brenton sister. All that I can find are few pictures of them and the story of their life. Do you have a link for more photos of them.
Thanks. I also like your painting of Nicole and those computer generate one on those Loomis girl last month.

kim

kevinwueste
02-27-2011, 10:01 PM
Kim - great new drawing -
Suzlyn - wow - nice work
Alvin - one of the most volumetric watercolors I have ever seen - and beautiful!
Bruce - fantastic nubblin! ( baby) !!


Kevin

TruEnuff
02-27-2011, 10:41 PM
I said in an earlier post about the quality of work in this month's challenge...and it continues to blow me away. I am catching up late, so I can't comment on all...I wish I could...but I want to try to notice a few:

Alvin: I have never seen a watercolor like this. I agree with Kevin and I'll go even further. It is absolutely unique and distinctive. I'd like to know more about your technique and approach, even though I don't paint a lot in water color. Just wonderful.

Kevin: You are so accomplished that it seems almost unnecessary to compliment you on your work: it's sort of a given. But I have to say that this month's contribution is awesome (words fail me).

Msegev: Unbelievable flesh tones....your portrait subject almost seems as though she will turn to face the viewer in a moment.

I'm sorry there are so many really beautiful works I have not mentioned - some stunning charcoal and pencil drawings in particular - but I will have to acknowledge the creators of those works next month. I can't wait to see your entries.

And finally, thank you to 123harry, Suz and lovin art for kind words.

Keep Painting! :wave:
Bruce

123harry
02-28-2011, 03:52 AM
That's Bronte rather than Brenton, Kim. But I guess you knew that as you found their lives! There's a detailed article in Wikipedia.
I don't think there are many photos, they died before photography was widely used. There is one of Charlotte, she lived longest, dying at 38(!):
http://123nonstop.com/biography/Bront%C3%AB,_Charlotte

Contemporary drawings which you've probably already seen:

http://www.nutquote.com/thumb/1926-Anne_Bronte.jpg
http://sexualityinart.files.wordpress.com/2010/10/emily-bronte-portrait-a.jpg

And a very famous picture of the three sisters by their brother:
http://echostains.files.wordpress.com/2009/05/bronte_sistersby-branwell-bronte-c18341.jpg

watercolourfanatic
02-28-2011, 12:58 PM
Amazing watercolour Alvin.:eek: Back to the drawing board!:crying:


Peter:)

JEFrantz
02-28-2011, 03:58 PM
Wow! You all have done some amazing work here!!! I can't believe I forgot to come back to this thread and spend some time here participating. Maybe next month! Seriously gorgeous portraits, all of you! And great references Lauren!

fivespices
02-28-2011, 05:53 PM
Harry:

Thank you for the link which provide better picture than I saw. They sure have a colorful lives. You also have a very interesting website and beautiful paintings.

kim

Lauren F-M
03-01-2011, 10:34 AM
Wow! I think that the portraits here just keep getting better and better! :clap:

I need to go through the latest ones and comment -- will do soon.

Meanwhile -- just want to let you all know that we are extending this Portrait Challenge on into March, so it's now the Portrait Challenge for February + March 2011!

So, there is plenty of time to try more of the references and/or finish what you've already got on the go. :thumbsup:

JEFrantz
03-01-2011, 11:52 AM
Lauren - Extending this makes me very happy!! I'm hoping to finish up an SP this week, and would like to participate in this challenge. Mary Cassatt is one of my most favorite artists, and I would love to try and tackle her 2nd painting that you posted here, as it is one of my favorites of her works. One question - not sure if it matters - I have a book of her paintings that contains this one, but the colors are more bold than the one shown here (especially the child's hair - more yellow)... does it matter? I can certainly pull more detail from the book, but didn't know if I should try and find a reference closer to the colors portrayed here.... :confused:

Thanks!

123harry
03-02-2011, 04:11 AM
Glad you like the pictures, Kim. If you're ever near there the Bronte museum at their old house in Haworth (Yorkshire) is well worth a visit.

Right, now to pick a new reference for the month! I like the atmosphere of what you might call cooperative competition in this forum.....everyone seems to spur everyone else on to do their best....which is great.

ElaineV
03-04-2011, 07:28 PM
My current project just got scribbled all over (that's what I do just before I wad it into a ball and toss it into the trash LOL)

Guess I'll chose one of these and try, try again.

123harry
03-04-2011, 08:48 PM
Ha. ha! Know that situation well, Elaine!
I take comfort from the reply of Murray Gell-Mann the nobel prize winner when asked what were the tools of the theoretical physicist: 'A pencil, a large pile of paper and a VERY large waste paper bin!'.

ElaineV
03-04-2011, 10:50 PM
Thanks, Harry -- I needed a laugh (and a trash can in my art room).

horsthh
03-04-2011, 11:57 PM
Here is my version of William Bougureau, Mother and child, painted in oil on a 18 by 24 canvas.
Thanks for providing the great reference photos.

ElaineV
03-05-2011, 11:25 AM
I like your painting, horsthh (http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/member.php?u=95516). To me, a combination of landscape and people is tops, as far as composition. That's why I'm here: studying landscape and studying portraiture, so maybe one day, I can combine them.
Question: When an artist copies a master, is the artist allowed to sell that work (copyright-wise)?
Question: Aren't the tree limbs kissing the right edge of the painting a composition no-no? William Bougureau is so great, who cares!

horsthh
03-05-2011, 02:20 PM
Hi Elaine, thanks for your kind comment. I don't have an answer to the copyright question. I paint the copies as a learning tool and to provide my wife with decorating material to embellish our home. I only paint from dead masters, so the chance of being sued is slim to none.

kevinwueste
03-05-2011, 02:24 PM
ElaineV - It is best to look up the laws in your local area/country regarding such sales. But, typically you are free to sell a master copy of a dead artist where there is not a particular protection on the work. Ethically it is good to entitle the work "After Bouguereau" etc., I live artist, unless you have their express permission - then, at least in these parts, the answer is no. But it is fine to do master copies of living artists for learning purposes and your own enjoyment.

Kevin

ps Bouguereau knew the rules, so could flaunt them !

ElaineV
03-05-2011, 07:52 PM
Thanks, Kevin, for the answer above.

More questions:
I'm drawing Nicole again -- the one in the purple blouse.
Help choosing that blouse color.
Should I choose all warms or all cools for this -- mix them -- or does it matter as long as the value is correct?

I'm using colored pencil, but the color names are similar to oil colors, so talking about a specific color/mix should translate for me.

Also, I can't see the cool skin tones in the photo, but I can see them clearly in Kevin's painting. (Sorta going by both references.) Is that cool color a lavender/lilac?...the same as the reflected color on chin/neck?

I could probably draw it without knowing what I'm doing color-wise, but where's the learning in that?

mariposa-art
03-05-2011, 08:19 PM
All these portraits are fantastic! Bravo everyone! :clap: I'm going to try to carve out some time this month and do something myself.

Lauren F-M
03-06-2011, 12:29 AM
Wow, Horst, you've done a wonderful job here! :clap:
How long did it take you to paint this? :confused:

ElaineV
03-06-2011, 07:01 PM
Talk color to me in "oil paint colors" and I can translate it to colored pencil.

I tried Nicole again. Tried to see the cool colors, tried to soften more edges, tried for an "artsy" background - most of background is ground colored pencil smeared around with my finger.
C&C always appreciated
Colored pencil on Stonehenge 8x10"
(I never know how to adjust the scan.)

sbeckett
03-07-2011, 12:31 AM
Nice to see such fine work here, and such different approaches and color palettes.

I'd grabbed some pictures of the elegant Nicole some weeks ago, but missed that great shot of boy and baby- it was probably slow in loading. Did the one of her over two sessions last month and the kids Saturday. There could be some drawing issues with the latter- OK there are but it was a fun one.
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/06-Mar-2011/52029-WCPC5b.JPG
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/06-Mar-2011/52029-WCPC7b.JPG

Steve

http://beckettoils.blogspot.com/

asarkis
03-07-2011, 09:43 PM
There are a lot of great works in the thread. I will post my comments later.
My quick study of Nicole. Oil, 5X7. C& C welcome

ai2ai
03-10-2011, 06:06 AM
Enjoyed immensely the variety of styles and efforts. Charmed by this one.
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/10-Mar-2011/315161-Baby1.jpg

ai2ai
03-10-2011, 06:22 AM
Oops, noticed the mouth area being smudged. Tried again.
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/10-Mar-2011/315161-baby1.jpg

lovin art
03-10-2011, 07:10 AM
ai2ai , This is so lovely a real beauty ~well done:thumbsup:

Walt ~wheres your update ?? Im dieing to see her:D

ElaineV
03-10-2011, 12:02 PM
5x7 Stonehenge with 1/2 Prisma colored pencils 1/2 Derwent drawing pencils.
Trying for darker values in my work.

stapeliad
03-10-2011, 07:05 PM
Graphite sketch....

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/10-Mar-2011/53789-sketch.jpg

lovin art
03-10-2011, 10:39 PM
Lovely graphite work on her Jess , Groovey work on the hair , Oily Girl!!!:D :thumbsup:

Elaine Lovely colours used here in this one ....:thumbsup:

ElaineV
03-11-2011, 10:17 AM
Thanks, lovin. I don't know why dark values are so hard to get for a beginner...fear, I guess.

ai2ai
03-11-2011, 11:28 AM
My attempt on this popular profile. Thanks Sandra.
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/11-Mar-2011/315161-portrait1.jpg

ElaineV
03-11-2011, 03:39 PM
This was tough - still trying for dark values. Going to try paper with less tooth, but smoother texture next time.
5x7 Stonehenge with Derwent drawing pencils

lovin art
03-11-2011, 04:05 PM
Thanks, lovin. I don't know why dark values are so hard to get for a beginner...fear, I guess.


Elaine. how long have you been doing art? , Im not a beginner but I still fear them too , I think with Values its learning to push them as much as you can and to get the most out of your work... This one is just as lovely and to me you could push them alittle more , what do you think?, just a suggestion ~Sandra

ai ~ Wow you work quick:thumbsup:

ElaineV
03-11-2011, 05:44 PM
I bought a ton of art supplies November, 2010. I'm the beginner. LOL
So very new. Having fun though and yes, to the value -- it's the secret alright. I can make something look like the photo, but it's very light, not saturated enough. Takes practice I guess. Learning the supplies and how they react -- looking for what works.

lovin art
03-11-2011, 08:28 PM
Elaine , you mite be "New" as you put it, but you have great beginnings ~Yeah!;)

Marike
03-12-2011, 03:13 PM
These photos are gorgeous! I'll be back in a few days with a rendition! I'm excited!:clap:

Marike
03-15-2011, 06:13 PM
Here's my rendition of Nicole

- Graphite on Fabriano CP 140 lb! I started off to do a painting but got carried away. May do a painting as well in a few days, if I have time. C&C are welcome!

ForrestFire
03-16-2011, 04:16 PM
Eric and John, Oil on canvas panel, 28" x 22"

Simone008
03-16-2011, 06:43 PM
Do I still have time to take the challenge? I just got the announcement. Beautiful pictures!

Simone

Sye
03-16-2011, 08:53 PM
What an inspiring thread! I love that the same subjects can produce such varied - all uniquely beautiful - work.

I'm the true newbie, and as such, I'll just be soaking all this talent up rather than posting yet.

Thanks so much for your efforts, eveyone. You may not realize how educational they are! So, truly: thank you!

LynnDigby
03-17-2011, 08:40 AM
I just got the announcement. Beautiful pictures!

Simone

Me too! I just got the email notification today. But, looking through this thread, I see that I'm missing a LOT! It's quite impressive what has transpired since I last looked in here.:clap:

I'll be looking for next month's challenge!

terrifarina
03-17-2011, 10:14 AM
I just received this e-mail notification. It was wonderful going though all the threads yesterday afternoon. I love this challenge and hope I can join in the next month's activity. Truly a learning experience and so much talent.
From an Aspiring Portrait Artist:clap:

part time artist
03-17-2011, 05:23 PM
do we have time to have a go? I only just got the email notification today as well!

Libellule
03-18-2011, 10:11 AM
Wha lovely portraits here, everyone worked well

This is my first real portrait in watercolor and I must say that I feel more comfortable with a pencil. Find the tone of the skin is difficult and I think my poor young woman to the complexion a little yellow ... I'm still happy to have tried is a good experience. Argh ... I also believe that the bottom of his face is too elongated

On arches hot pressed 150 lb, with Maimeriblu color, 23" x 15"

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/18-Mar-2011/568971-Portrait_en_buste.jpg

Thanks for all the beautifull ref pictures

Marike
03-18-2011, 10:47 AM
Hi Libellule! Great first try! I wish my first portrait had been that good. I agree that using the brush for portraiture is difficult. Good for you!

Libellule
03-18-2011, 12:04 PM
Marike, thank you for your encouragement

kevinwueste
03-18-2011, 08:48 PM
Everyone - you still have through the end of the month for this challenge! So please dive in!! We love seeing all the work - it makes it more fun the more peole join in!

Kevin

Hockey Dad
03-18-2011, 10:15 PM
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/18-Mar-2011/589052-024.jpg Hi there..have been learning lots since tuning in here the past few months.
Thought I would try the challenge...thx everyone...proportions not quite there,,9x12 vine charcoal

A beautiful picture btw,
Thx for looking
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/18-Mar-2011/589052-023.jpg

Irwin

Marike
03-19-2011, 10:09 AM
Hockey Dad
I love what you did with toddler sketch. The mouth expression is just right.

Hockey Dad
03-19-2011, 11:44 AM
Thx so much for the comment Marike..I think I lost the little dears likeness in the nose/eyes position.

Irwin

Wonder-w
03-19-2011, 03:34 PM
It's nice to see these beautiful portraits ..

Here is my attempt:
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/19-Mar-2011/211174-P3190266.gif
:wave:

123harry
03-20-2011, 08:28 AM
Hockey Dad: I found your upload very dark. Had to download it and lighten it (anyone else got that problem?). Well worth the effort, a very deftly executed portrait.

SandraW
03-20-2011, 09:02 PM
Lauren, thank you for posting these beautiful reference photos. Everybody has done such wonderful paintings and drawings from them that I was inspired to try too.

Here is my attempt at the lovely Nicole... (Rembrandt soft pastels on Canson paper)

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/20-Mar-2011/639682-8_Nicole_210311_for_WC.JPG

kevinwueste
03-20-2011, 09:37 PM
Sandra - really fab work!

Ella - nice soft touch there!

Irwin - a bit hard to see but clearly a sensitve portrait..

Lillebule - very nice watercolor!

marietippets
03-22-2011, 02:37 PM
Pastel on velour paper. 9x12.

marietippets
03-22-2011, 03:10 PM
Pastel on velour paper. 9x12. Well...if someone can tell me how to upload a 1" rgb .jpeg, I can actually post something here...having trouble with this site. Is it always this difficult??

Festina lente
03-22-2011, 07:03 PM
Hi
I tried to draw your beautiful son. Hope you like it.
Best regards,
Snjólaug, Iceland

Festina lente
03-22-2011, 07:08 PM
Sorry, don't know how to post the picture. Here I try again.
Best regards, Snjólaug, Iceland

marietippets
03-22-2011, 08:05 PM
Nicole: Pastel on velour paper. 9x12.http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/22-Mar-2011/765172-Nicole.jpg

SandraW
03-22-2011, 09:47 PM
Marie... what a lovely painting! She looks so exotic!

I do hope that Nicole is aware of, and enjoying, all these gorgeous portraits.

Kevin, thank you so much for your comment. Some encouragement really helps a lot!

When I saw my painting on the screen, I suddenly saw things that really didn't look right, so I've fixed them (I hope!) and hope it's okay to post the refined version. The colours haven't come out quite as warm or intense as the painting IRL. Will have to learn about the computer side of things too, I guess!

Nicole, 16 x 23cm (6 x 9 inches)http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/22-Mar-2011/639682-8_Nicole_230311_for_WC.JPG

marietippets
03-22-2011, 10:54 PM
Still tweaking mine also...you've really captured her!!

Marike
03-23-2011, 05:13 PM
Here's my rendition of Nicole

- Graphite on Fabriano CP 140 lb! I started off to do a painting but got carried away. May do a painting as well in a few days, if I have time. C&C are welcome!

Well, I did it! This is my first painted portrait! I'm pleased with it but I can see problems as well. I wouldn't have posted it but then I wouldn't get any feedback that I could learn from, would I? So please, C&C. Thanks!
Oh, and again, this was done on Fabriano CP 140 lb.680790

Marike
03-24-2011, 08:18 AM
Whoops! I just realized that I never introduced myself. I'm new to WC and have recently returned to doing artwork after 25 years. I just couldn't concentrate when the kids were growing up (I can either use left brain or right brain - not both!) When I started doing art again, I quickly realized that I really enjoy portraiture. I find the challenge immensely satisfying and feel that it is an area that I want to develop. When I found this forum, I felt that I was home:)

123harry
03-24-2011, 09:27 AM
More good stuff appearing!
Lovely pastel, SandraW. Beautiful warm tones, very lifelike.

thalweg
03-26-2011, 02:02 PM
Hi all,

I tried 2 different computers and 3 different browsers and it still won't let me upload a picture - so I'll just share a link to my blog with Nicole's painting and a WIP:

http://watercoloredhands.wordpress.com/2011/03/25/a-portrait-a-day-57-nicole-step-by-step/

I usually hang out at the watercolor forum whenever I happen to be on WetCanvas, but now I know about Portraiture forum, I'll be stopping by! Excellent work in this thread.

Yevgenia

123harry
03-26-2011, 02:52 PM
Yevgenia: Just taken a look at your watercolour portrait. Very nice use of the medium. Loose yet conveying the subject very well. I like the way you keep the colours so fresh.

thalweg
03-26-2011, 04:28 PM
Thank you very much, Harry!

Sye
03-27-2011, 09:16 AM
Thanks for sharing your process, Yevgenia. I find watercolor a mystery, but you made it look attainable! Your portrait of Nicole has that natural, lively look I search so hard for. Beautiful.

killaby
03-27-2011, 04:28 PM
great thread and I started painting this portrait and was astounded at how much I learned about my painting technique. GREAT reference. Who is she? Do you all have anymore great ref pics to use and practice from? Another challenge?

kazmeyer
03-27-2011, 04:44 PM
Hi all,

My first post. Pencil on 11x14 paper -- cropped to square, obviously. I like the square composition better.

681147

killaby
03-28-2011, 10:45 AM
I know that everything about this is wrong but this was fun and also my first free hand sketch with a paint brush...the angles are wrong but I loved playing with the flesh tones. I am still applying the last layer of skin and I'm not going to be framingthis. I actually did this in charcoal on paper and painted right on the paper! crazy.....


maybe I should clarify that, I started with charcoal and ended up sketching it out completely with a paint brush...not something I am not used to.:)

123harry
03-28-2011, 03:23 PM
Maureen, I think this is strongly modeled bold and very striking.

kazmeyer, nice sketch

irene ann
04-02-2011, 06:40 AM
what a fab topic i will have to have a go at one of them