View Full Version : Einstein - WIP

02-28-2011, 12:10 PM
I've been staring at Einstein's face all weekend... I finally got to scratching last night. I'm not going for realistic in this piece, instead more of an artistic approach to capture his character. Sort of a woodcut style... Here's what I have up to this point, along with a detail of the eye:

02-28-2011, 01:55 PM
Oh yea.....im on board for this ..... sweet!!! Thanks for posting this WIP... OF COURSE ITS LOOKING FANTASTIC!!!

02-28-2011, 02:21 PM
Like his hair. He is such a character makes a good choice.

02-28-2011, 02:38 PM
Recognizable already.:thumbsup:

Harry Seymour
02-28-2011, 03:27 PM
Emily--love the hair and recognize your style.

02-28-2011, 04:03 PM
...and what fantastic style!! WOW!:thumbsup:

02-28-2011, 07:17 PM
Einstein, now there's a guy who could match me mentally - nearly. :lol:

This looks really good, I love your style

03-01-2011, 12:49 AM
I love the realistic style of the hair and the artistic rendition of his face put together.....It looks so Cool! I just love it! Can't wait to see more of this one!

03-01-2011, 01:28 AM
This is the WIP to watch. I love your style!

03-01-2011, 10:43 AM
Great subject, Emily. You've captured his distinctive look already.

Love what you have finished so far. Your print style rocks!!

03-01-2011, 12:03 PM
More progress... I don't know, beginning to think this may need a wash and re-scratching (in parts) when I get more of the face finished. First, I'll see how it decides to "live" on the board by itself.

Funny, I've been mostly saying to myself, "Good one Einstein, now look what you did... You've messed it up." The nose is a major point of contention. :(

Pushing on...


fire angel
03-01-2011, 12:30 PM
Very nice work I like the woodcut like style!!

03-01-2011, 01:56 PM
Looks very cool; I like it already.

03-01-2011, 04:06 PM
I got off work early today so I've had all day to chew up this board. I keep forgetting to mention this is an 8x10 board. After looking at this on the computer I can see I've got to work on the mustache - it's going too much in the wrong direction. Also probably going to have to hit the dark side of his face with a wash.

Here's another progress report...


Diana Lee
03-01-2011, 08:25 PM
You have some wonderful feeling going on here! Love your style!


03-01-2011, 10:38 PM
Now you've found him in there.....dig him out honey..

Harry Seymour
03-01-2011, 11:12 PM
Emily--this is really coming along nicely. You are capturing his inner essence.

03-02-2011, 04:10 AM
This is quite cool.


03-02-2011, 09:51 PM
I got a little more done today. Getting closer to being done. I've added an ink wash over the hair and ear on the left side and a few other little places. I scratched out the nearest shoulder and totally didn't like it so I hit that with a wash too. I think I'll use the fg brush instead of the heavier scratched lines... pulls too much attention away from the face. So, still working on the shoulder. Suggestions welcome! :D


Harry Seymour
03-02-2011, 09:54 PM
Emily, you are making very good decisions. it is really shaping up.

03-02-2011, 09:56 PM
to my eye...the dark line between the hair and his head is too dark...thats just me...my eye went right there........other than that...its looking great...just what i wanted to see from you....a killer WIP...on how your handling these boards....thanks....

03-03-2011, 12:09 PM
Rodman, thanks for pointing that out. It's been bothering me too but I haven't touched it yet as I'm not sure how I want to handle it. ??? I'm thinking I need to 1. bring the hair right up to the side of his head, and 2. address the issue of tone

Thank you all for your encouragement! It really helps to get such nice compliments from such talented artists as yourselves!

Okay, back to work!

03-03-2011, 01:28 PM
Progress so far: I've smoothed out the nearest shoulder with a fg brush and smoothed out the forehead (with scratched lines) where I felt it needed it. I also went back in to the hair and forehead on the right side and smudged in some ink, scratched, smudged, ect. Hopefully it's negated the black line somewhat, but I'll wait to hear how you see it... Well?:crossfingers:

I'm including a close up of the hair/forehead too.


And the close up:


03-03-2011, 02:40 PM
Love the woodcut look of the face.

03-03-2011, 03:59 PM
That's it....

03-03-2011, 07:00 PM
Wonderful capture, Emily...you've lured him out of the blackness...well done!

03-03-2011, 07:07 PM
Great piece!

03-04-2011, 06:44 PM
Very, very cool!! Looks just like him. The smoothing of the hairline was definitely the way to go.