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Lauren F-M
07-02-2011, 07:04 PM
What's on your easel (or in your sketchbook) this month?

Show a finished portrait or one in any stage of progress (WIP = Work in 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. :D

If you welcome Comments and/or Critique, let us know when you post (ie: "Cs & Cs welcome")

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. (We welcome Self-portraits... anything portrait, in all mediums)

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

So... let's get those portraits set up in the gallery.... :thumbsup:

07-03-2011, 12:38 AM
Lauren - here's a study for the slaughter, I mean to share.. this ultimately went in a direction I did not care for and I don't think I will finish it more - but that's that. "Etta" a classmate on gesso-board - about 10 hours and 11 x 14" in oil paint.


Lauren F-M
07-03-2011, 08:45 AM
So, Kevin, tell me what you don't like here? :eek: :confused:
I just see a really awesome portrait! :clap:
Those eyes are amazing -- you've captured her character. :thumbsup:
Very skillful -- in my opinion. I guess I need to learn more so I can see the faults you see. :rolleyes:
... and the subtlety of the freckles on her nose.... wonderful!

Makes me think: I find that the more I learn (art skills, that is), the more faults I see in my own work. I guess we keep raising the bar and then we try to jump over it! :lol:

Thanks for starting off the July/ August gallery with such a fine portrait! :clap:
It's an honour to have this one up in the gallery! :thumbsup:

07-03-2011, 11:25 AM
Hi Lauren, well it is a limited palette experiment: burnt umber, burnt sienna , ultramarine blue and white. It's just a little too.. "illustrator-y".. But still.. Fun to figure out w limited palette..

The more you learn.. Yeah!


07-03-2011, 12:12 PM
It's interesting, because when I first saw this I thought it looked a bit different from your regular work Kevin. But I couldn't quite place why. Now that you've mentioned that you think it looks a bit "illustrator-y" it makes sense. But I still can't place what it is about this portrait that gives off that kind of vibe compared to your regular work. The colours maybe? Either way it's a beautiful portrait!

07-03-2011, 01:58 PM
Limited palette or not this is gorgeous Kevin:thumbsup:

07-03-2011, 04:27 PM
I wouldn't have known there was no red in that painting, Kevin... wonderful use of limited palette! And thank you for hosting this thread Lauren :)

So these are X-posts from this week's WDE at Drawing & Sketching, with Michaeleric hosting. Approx 3 plus hours each (excluding breaks), acrylic on 14" x 11" paper.

Kristin: The brush sketch at 1 hr is here (http://i496.photobucket.com/albums/rr327/roy-p/sk/dns01-jun11.jpg).
Original reference (http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/27-Jun-2011/138414-02.JPG).

Marina: The brush sketch at 1 hr is here (http://i496.photobucket.com/albums/rr327/roy-p/sk/dns03-jun11.jpg).
Original reference (http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/27-Jun-2011/138414-04.jpg).

Thank you for looking!

07-03-2011, 05:15 PM
Prosenjit! Those are just awesome! Super dimensional!!

I guess Burnt Sienna can sub for red ok!


07-03-2011, 07:15 PM
Kevin, your painting is so amazing.

Roy P, your facial expressions are very well rendered!

Here are a few recent studies from art class. The first is a work in progress in the academic style (do the eyes need more work? I can't tell anymore...). The second and third were more loosely painted with a brush and a palette knife, respectively. Oil on board. C&C welcome.


07-04-2011, 02:19 AM
Kevin, WOW! I love it, I want paint like this too!!! :clap:

07-04-2011, 10:34 PM
Kevin, your painting is so amazing.

Roy P, your facial expressions are very well rendered!

Here are a few recent studies from art class. The first is a work in progress in the academic style (do the eyes need more work? I can't tell anymore...). The second and third were more loosely painted with a brush and a palette knife, respectively. Oil on board. C&C welcome.


Raeburn - that last one i think is just -- WOW! do you know Anne Gale's work ? check her out.. the first painting - you know the more refined the approach the more all things need to be sort-of up at a certain level ( re: your q about the eyes)..

Great stuff!

07-05-2011, 04:44 AM
Oh thanks a tonne Kevin! You're kind as ever :)
Hi Raeburn... thank you! I love your last portrait too.

07-05-2011, 06:37 AM
Well, the guys have certainly thrown down the gauntlet! Fabulous works all.
Kevin- such a beauty! It may have not suited your purposes- but certainly a treat to my eyes!
Prosenjit- love the expressions on these faces- so difficult to achieve, but you make it look effortless!
Raeburn- you are really showing your versatility- and much to admire with all!

lovin art
07-05-2011, 06:43 AM
Your All Masterful by the looks of all this finery .... (((Gulp))) ~Impressive stuff !!!

07-05-2011, 07:42 AM
Kevin- love it! The edges are masterfully done providing great depth- I certainly wouldn't have said limited pallette!

I've been trying to put a finger on the 'illustratory' thing. Is it the depth/ focus makes this look like a photo that you don't like? i.e. is it too photo-realistic?

Raeburn- I like the pallette knife portraits particularly the profile one- lovely colour and bravery in that!


07-05-2011, 03:00 PM
Thanks everyone for the feedback!

Kevin, yes I'm quite familiar with Ann Gale's work. I even saw a few of her paintings in Portland, Oregon a few years ago. She's so amazing.

I also follow Paul Wright, Tai Schierenberg, Mark Horst, Jenny Saville, Alex Kanevsky, Lucien Freud, and Frank Auerbach. Chelsea James too, even though she does mostly landscapes and interiors.

It's fun trying different things, though I end up throwing most of it away :cat:

07-05-2011, 05:47 PM
roy-p: lively expressions, vigorous painting.
raeburn:really nice studies. The male head in particular is impressive.
kevin: stop it! I've broken my brushes again!

07-06-2011, 11:26 AM
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/06-Jul-2011/75590-15.jpg been doing of my grandson for the last 3 days.
Kevin Wueste...yes it's different from your usual style mainly i think that you have not used as much cooler colour....nice portrait though!:thumbsup:

07-06-2011, 11:55 AM
Larubia: I very much like the colours in this figure. Unusual pose too.

07-06-2011, 02:40 PM
Harry, thank you so much!
Bethany, from someone who paints with such flourish, 'effortless' is high praise indeed. Thank you for the inspiration :)
Haha... @ Sandra's 'Gulp' :D :thumbsup:

Here's something I'm not very please with, but posting nonetheless. Again this was from past weeks WDE at D&S, which I finished only a few hours ago. The ref image was kindly provided by Michael Goetze (Michaeleric).

Here's a link to the same at the brush sketch stage (http://i496.photobucket.com/albums/rr327/roy-p/sk/dns02-jun11.jpg).

14" x 11", acrylic on paper.

Thanks for looking!

lovin art
07-06-2011, 02:57 PM
Arh Yeah I think Im Glupping again here ~OMG Sen !:eek: ~ this is like Outstanding , I wanna shake you , whats not to like ....:rolleyes: ~ this Groovy Chic thinks your rocket left the building ...:D

Larubia, I love your work as ever , hes so cute !!!:angel:

07-06-2011, 07:23 PM
This Gallery is a feast for the eyes.

Kevin, please, just a suggestion, if you can, make some spare room for paintings like that when you are not happy with... and then we can buy them!

Raeburn, beautiful work!

Larubia, I always admire your wonderful palettes.

Prosenjit, great works. I don`t know why you are not very pleased with your last portrait because is wonderful!. Again, make some spare room for this one so we can buy it!

Thank you all for sharing such beautiful works.



07-08-2011, 06:54 AM
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/08-Jul-2011/75590-34.jpg on the final stretch...still working on the arms and legs.
Luicre..thankyou also:wave:

07-08-2011, 11:45 AM
That's a luminous one, Larubia! :clap:

@ Luicre - haha! I'd need to have lots of spare rooms then :D Thank you! :)
@ Sandra - its NOT outstanding, but thank you so much for saying it is :) Its too contrived, my brush wasn't listening to me that day. It still isn't but I plodded on nonetheless.

So here's another one I finished a few hours ago, about 3 hrs work in all. 14" x 11", acrylic on paper. She's a movie actor from my neck of the woods (or nearabouts) and someone posted the ref in another forum. I guess its okay to do a study sketch.


Thank you for looking!

lovin art
07-08-2011, 02:53 PM
@ Sandra - its NOT outstanding, but thank you so much for saying it is

What complete Babble/nonsense that is!!:o :D ....IM aways visiting in here so heres my Grand Daughter to add to the pile of evergrowing wonderfullness!:wave:

That's a luminous one, Larubia!
I totally agree!!:D


07-09-2011, 09:16 PM
Thank you Luicre and 123 Harry. I appreciate the comments.

Sandra, Roy P, and Larubia - your work is looking good!

Here's today's palette knife sketch from class, oil on board. I was experimenting with more intense chroma like the expressionists. Still trying to figure out color balance - trickier than I thought. C&C welcome.

07-09-2011, 10:05 PM
Lovely portraits here. Larubia: I love the flesh tones in your child. It looks like a difficult pose to paint-- you are doing well!

Roy: this is a beautiful painting.

I attended my open studio this morning. It was a two hour pose as usual and I could not do the model justice. She was dressed as a cowgirl and even though her mother remarked about how much it looked like her when I was finishes I think I have not made her as cute as she was. Oh well... a good exercise-- anytime one can paint from the live model it is challenging and enlightening.


07-10-2011, 03:58 AM
raeburn: good colours in your sketch. I like the bold approach.
dolardays:lovely colours in this too in a quieter way. you've used the ground colour of the paper well. A lively portrait.

lovin art
07-10-2011, 04:10 AM
Here's today's palette knife sketch from class, oil on board. I was experimenting with more intense chroma like the expressionists. Still trying to figure out color balance - trickier than I thought. C&C welcome.

Hia Rae, I dig this:thumbsup: ~to me you have achieved here a very convincing portrait in the sense of impressionism and its like hes almost gyrating off the board for me , and I think you have great eyes in seeing color as in relative balance ~I will look for more of your work , I love your style !

07-10-2011, 07:28 AM
raeburn, amazing!

07-13-2011, 06:31 AM
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/13-Jul-2011/75590-430.jpg been on this forever...come to the end of the road with it!

07-13-2011, 11:01 AM
study of sargent work..i made her looking as older. lol.. digital


07-13-2011, 12:37 PM
study of sargent work..i made her looking as older. lol.. digital


This is great. I'd love to see more of your work!

07-14-2011, 07:57 AM
In spite of the loose approach the face is almost sculptural in its solidity. Impressive.

portrait passion
07-14-2011, 09:02 AM

Pastel portrait of my daughter that I am working on for her birthday.

Lauren F-M
07-14-2011, 10:14 AM
Wow! :clap:
So many marvellous portraits on here this month! Bravo to you all!:D

Prosenjit -- that's lovely, esp. as it's in acrylic, which I find impossible to do portraits with. :clap:

Sandra -- I'm so pleased to see that wonderful portrait of your granddaughter again. :thumbsup: So sweet! :heart:

Nora -- I can certainly relate to wanting more time to capture something you see in your portrait model, but this one has a wonderful mood and character. Also, the warm colours make me feel like it's a hot summer day. :D

Annemarie -- Once more it's been a pleasure to watch your process with a SP. This one has turned out beautifully! :thumbsup:
The portrait of the lad is sweet -- love the face, arms and hands, but am having problems with the bottom part of his body, which appears to me to be too short; as if the torso should be longer. Could be the pose; perhaps he is somewhat scrunched up? :confused:

tomasis -- this is lovely! :clap: I love the palette, the strokes. Even hard to tell it's digital. I too would love to see more of your work! :D

Portrait Passion -- You've captured her expression well here, and the proportions are right-on. :D I'd like to see more depth in the palette. Perhaps one of our pastel artists on here can advise. You are doing a great job! :thumbsup:

Well, after a month off, our Wednesday morning portraiture workshop started up again. Our model is Lewis, a charming retired Italian doctor who does body-building and is also learning Japanese (on top of the 5 languages he already speaks). Here are some WIP shots over the morning. 10" x 14"

First, I sketched with conte pencil on the canvas board:

As I forgot to bring along any palette knives, which I use to mix my colours on my palette, I had to mix with my brushes. I only used paint and medium (Graham Walnut Oil- Alkyd Medium), and cleaned my brushes with safflower oil -- no solvents! I usually use a bit of Gamsol to kind of "wash in" the base coat. Didn't do that this time.

Here is where I was after the first hour:

After another hour, here is where I am now, at the end of the session. Photo isn't right-on with the colour, though I did try to correct in Photoshop.

lovin art
07-14-2011, 02:16 PM
Tom, your Digital is stunning , dude I thought it was oils till I read what Our Lauren had said it was !!!!!:clap:

PP, nice start , I agree with Lauren - will look even greater with some depth added to her

ta~ Miss L, you Rock ,:D Thanks for sharing the wip girl- the Italiano is looking wonderful so far....:thumbsup:

07-14-2011, 02:20 PM
Lauren - great process shots!
Tomasis - very nice - what software did you employ ? Brushes?
Portrait passion - nicely done as well. She is quite high-key which adds interest to the work for me.
Larubia - a wonderful SP, I think if you painted a rock I would know it was your painting


07-16-2011, 04:33 AM
Classy, classy portraits here everyone:clap::clap::clap:

SO busy at the moment I'm getting no time to paint at all - so jealous so just popping in for an envious hour to look at how you are all getting on:thumbsup::thumbsup::thumbsup: keep at it !!

07-16-2011, 08:02 AM
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/16-Jul-2011/75590-25.jpg been doing this one for the last few days.She's almost done.

Thankyou kindly everyone for your nice comments..my own view on my sp is that it's pretty dire and overworked!
Good luck Lauren on your portrait!
Tomasis..great study!:thumbsup:
Portrait passion...looking good:thumbsup:

Lauren F-M
07-16-2011, 09:37 AM
AnneMarie -- wow! This one is wonderful! :clap: Who is she? :confused:

portrait passion
07-16-2011, 06:24 PM
Larubia, I love this, the red hair is fabulous.

07-17-2011, 12:05 AM
I just caught up here, so forgive me if I'm so bowled over by the superpowered artists that I forget those who are struggling like me.

Kevin, if that's an illustration, it's fantastic. And I think I know why you think of it as an illustration...the expression is a bit more extreme than normal portraits are. But there is so much wonderfulness in it! If you want to get rid of it, I'll send you my address!

Prosenjit, those two smiling faces look so natural and unposed! What marvelous color you've put in those lively faces - and it looks like you had a lot of fun with this project!

Anne Marie, all three of yours are super! I think you're just tired of the SP; it doesn't look overworked, and your grandson is adorable. The redhead is beautiful!

lovin art
07-17-2011, 01:12 AM
Fab on both accounts Anne Marie , love it ~them!

My Eccentric but loverable child/teen , she is all done I think ...!


07-17-2011, 10:02 AM
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/17-Jul-2011/75590-37.jpg inished her today..had to lengthen the fingers.Was really tricky working in such a high key but i think it works?
lovingArt....beautiful reflective work...lovely looking daughter:thumbsup:
Ty portrait passion.
lauren...she's a girl i found on DA....was mesmorized by her translucent skin and red hair...just had to give it a go!
Nancy MP...thankyou:)

Lauren F-M
07-17-2011, 11:30 AM
AnneMarie -- yes, the hand looks much better now -- a lovely painting! :clap: :clap:
(so are you now on to your next portrait?) :confused:

Sandra -- bravo for doing an oil study of your daughter! :thumbsup:

07-17-2011, 12:19 PM
nice work, everybody

thanks all! Sure I stay here and post some new works. I will not run or hide away :D

Kevin, it is photoshop + ramon (http://www.ramonmiranda.com/2010/04/photoshop-artistic-oils-brushkit.html) brushes + own made custom ones which are very simple.

sometimes i test Artrage as you see below. I'd love try Corel Painter some day since it supports rotation of wacom Art pen. I really love PS since it is so straightforward and it requires different thinking than oil/artrage. Both complete each other.

Isnt funny that I use digital to emulate oil? :D


07-17-2011, 01:11 PM
Tomasis, your Sargent girl looks more like pastel to me, but this last one certainly looks like oil! Both are terrific; I would be totally lost trying to do digital art!

07-17-2011, 01:48 PM
nancy, thanks, I agree about Sargent, im never gonna be good on brushes of Photoshop that makes oil painting look real. But I forgot one thing that one can make a scan of any random oil painting and add texture in blending mode.

I experimented a bit. I took a piece of scanning of my forehead (unfinished selfportrait painting) and tried bring out texture and smoothness of layer. I got tip from Craig Mullins (http://www.goodbrush.com) :P


lovin art
07-17-2011, 05:00 PM
Ta~Ann Marie, lovely of you , and your painting is beautifully high key , it works fine , !! and Lauren ta to you doll .. hows yours coming along!

Tomasis, Man:D , I love your digitial!!!:clap: ~oh I replyed to you in the Sargent thread in oils seems we do love him both it seems ...you rock at it ~ I would love to see a wip of your work on here , come share with us ... I for one would totally gush over it , I have corel painter , just dont seem to use it , for pLaying in the real stuff ~Oils

07-17-2011, 05:20 PM
Great digi, tomasis, love the close palette. You've got real flair for this.

07-18-2011, 04:22 PM
This is an update of one I started months ago. It's my 16 year old daughter, and my first portrait attempt. i had to get it done b/c my younger daughter is wondering why I haven't started "her" yet!! I guess it's encouraging that she still wants me to paint her after seeing how her sister's turned out. C/C welcome! sorry for the glare. It's in oils 9x11.

07-19-2011, 11:44 PM
harry and sandra, thanks!

Sandra, do you mean you want digital tutorial on how to use digital? For general I think it is pretty much same with oil on particular program as Artrage, Painter but layer dries quickly as 0,1 sec there :D. But it might be other things I can talk about how to make full use of digital media. Im afraid I made some bad habits of using digital since it is so flexible, comfortable, forgiving so I usually put way too loose strokes in beginning, make palette on the image then slowly I tighten up all things. In oil you have to do right already from beginning and plan carefully. :eek:

I think I can do a wip of something, write mostly tips how to make use of digital at easy way.

usually I spend max 1-2 hours per piece (this below is exception, way overdone i guess i wanted to get drawing right), thats relatively fast compared to oil, also digital is demanding as you can do "too much" :)


lovin art
07-20-2011, 02:42 AM
Yes Tomas, I just meant it would be nice to share your work in the main forum I think lots of artist would benefit from it working in either the real stuff of digital , its all learning isnt it ... I have always dug digital , but I just never get my wacom tablet out ...but your work is quite inspiring for sure

the above head study is very cool , is that a Sargent head Im not sure I thought I knew all his heads ?...:D

07-20-2011, 08:06 AM
Tomasis, whoevers head it is, it's really great!

07-20-2011, 12:34 PM
Tomasis that's really great. Do you adjust a reference photo or finger paint on your computer like David Kassan on YouTube?

Donna Rose
07-20-2011, 03:38 PM
Hi everyone!

I haven't posted in a while so here is my latest of my niece's daughter. I'd love to get your thoughts! It's great to see such beautiful work from all of you! So much talent here!

Donna :wave:

lovin art
07-20-2011, 04:20 PM
Hey Donna , I love this she has a beautiful warm smile about her , my only suggestion the length of her nose is slightly longer in yours ...-what medium is this done in , as you didnt say !!

Donna Rose
07-20-2011, 04:36 PM
Oops sorry! I forgot - it's been so long since I posted! Its oil on 12 X 16 canvas. I see what you mean about the nose - thanks for looking!

Jane Matthews
07-21-2011, 05:26 AM
Hi I'm a new member, I love painting portraits and figures. Here's my latest, from an old photo of my daughter (she's now 17 so a bit bigger than in this pic). I called it "Tiny Dancer". It's 12 x 14 inches, acrylic on canvas board. I'm very happy with the way it turned out.

Thanks for the opportunity to post - I love looking at everyone's work, you're all amazingly talented and skilful.


lovin art
07-21-2011, 05:26 PM
you're all amazingly talented and skilful.

Hi Jane you doing fab , shes very cute ! and your words above I highlighted to show you -your just as muchly !!!... Welcome to WC ....

Jack Dawson
07-21-2011, 05:54 PM
Been a bit busy but yeah I still am working this one. Got the basic shading for the hair out of the way and I think that gives it A LOT more depth and just appeal in general. Hope you like it


Jack Dawson
07-21-2011, 05:56 PM

Really late quote but I LOVE THIS SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO MUCH. Larub- you have completely made me a fan of yours. I've always liked your style but this has forcefully thrown me out over the edge.

Jane Matthews
07-23-2011, 10:03 AM
Thank you for the warm welcome - and more gorgeous paintings! Wow.

I've just created an avatar, and figured out how to subscribe to a thread - I'm a slow learner ;-) but I'll catch up. This is an amazing website, so much to explore. The best thing is being among other artists, i.e. those who "get" what we all do. anyway, thanks again,

Deb aka Jane (I had to register with my second name but you can call me whatevr you like lol).

07-28-2011, 01:10 PM
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/28-Jul-2011/75590-568.jpg well scraped this down a few times and now have this..Thankyou Jack dawson:heart:

07-28-2011, 03:09 PM
I'm not going to tell you how beautiful this is. I refuse to. Your right eye is very close to an acute case of strabismus. If that matters any.

07-28-2011, 06:13 PM
sorry im late with reply and no work, i was busy with movement to another city. arghh

thanks, sandra, blarkin, raeburn

sandra , ok I will create my own thread in the main section. I got idea for 100 portraits of women, hehe. No Sargent head, it is only from a random photo reference there she seemed have interesting expression :D But I'd love do more Sargent portrait copies as it is great learning experience to simplify shapes, values.

raeburn, none of it. I use Wacom Intuos 4 (largest available) and 24" screen monitor on Adobe Rgb color (both active area of tablet and screen is almost same, A3 size, call me spoiled :D). I think it is good idea to adjust photo reference if one fails to see subtle value as volume, colors, or whatever. Would love test Kassan's technique, I tested Ipad's touchscreen, it felt a bit too sticky. Maybe put linseed oil on the Ipad, lol. He paints so well! Have you tried digital stuffs?

Donna, Jane, Jack - beautiful ones! All other - nice works too!

Larubia, your last version of selfportrait is your best when it comes down to light, values. Im not gonna comment about shapes, it is easy to miss all other when one focus on one element (values). Keep up, I want see more portraits with similar light (or I rather say "subtler values") so eventually you get hold of proper drawing along with light. It is definitely progress :clap:

lovin art
07-28-2011, 07:38 PM
Anne Marie , Love it ~such softness and venerability to this one !!:heart:

Tomas, I didnt think it was one of his but I wasnt sure :D , very nice in the styling of his work but I think ... yes post your thread would love to see it !!

08-02-2011, 06:55 AM
Hi All, I've decided to add my first portrait here. I'm new to painting too (been doing it for about 2 months now). Before I used to watch tv and play video games. Now I paint and I love it!

Still need to work on the shirt but I think his face is pretty much finished (I'm scared of wrecking it if I make enhancements).

I've called it "Portrait of an enlightened soul" as the subject meditates a lot and has a lovely vibe. I've put a subtle aura around him, only seen if pointed out on the actual painting.http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/02-Aug-2011/973175-photo13.JPG

Festina lente
08-02-2011, 01:04 PM
I hereby show you a portrait of my mother. As I love Odd Nerdrums work, I've been trying to learn to use his method. Pls. comment. Shouldn't I use more colors on the pullover ? My mother never wears clothes of dark colours. She has always been very blond, I might have to darken her hair. She is now 82 years of age.

08-06-2011, 07:32 AM
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/06-Aug-2011/75590-18.jpg my daughter as a mermaid.

08-06-2011, 07:52 AM
Gorgeous, Annemarie! (and the painting is too!!) ha!
(From someone who paints her own daughter in many different paintings!)

Lauren F-M
08-06-2011, 03:17 PM
Wonderful work on here, everyone! :clap: :clap: :clap:

Annemarie -- you are painting away like mad! :thumbsup:
So many portraits up! And over the past year or so you've done quite a few wonderful ones of your daughter. This mermaid one reminds me of Waterhouse's sirens.
The only thing here that is bothering my eye (might just be me) is that it looks like her posterior should be longer, and perhaps the fishy thigh longer. :confused: She has such strong shoulders, that might balance her out more.

08-06-2011, 08:58 PM
Hi here is wip i tried to put original photo on here but unsuccessful ..i am painting mate of mine and half way through it..it is acrylic and am a NOVICE just starting ..cs welcome..regards to all....aussiebatchyhttp://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/06-Aug-2011/973751-warren_green_001_640x480.jpg

08-06-2011, 11:57 PM
I'm not going to tell you how beautiful this is. I refuse to. Your right eye is very close to an acute case of strabismus. If that matters any.

Ummmm... the left eye could have esotrophia?

08-07-2011, 09:06 PM
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/07-Aug-2011/75590-589.jpg http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/07-Aug-2011/75590-30.jpgFirst of all StLukesGuild my apologies on not saying thankyou!:o You are such a generous soul on your time and critiques and it was very rude of me but i simply forgot!
As for the various diseases of my eye I hope i fixed them...it's still red though as after my blood clot the eye is horribly redveined!

Thankyou Bethany:wave:
Thankyou Lauren too..my daughter also said she ought to have a bigger butt so made it bigger!

08-07-2011, 10:16 PM
No problem AM. I just bounce around and stick my nose in where it shouldn't be. Strabismus is the medical term for "lazy eye," where one eye has a weak muscle that sometimes allows it to drift out of line from the other. I just thought your right eye turned in too far IMHO. Maybe not, but I thought so. It's a tricky angle to paint, and difficult to gage. In fact you must have done some retouching, because it is not so immediately noticeable as earlier versions of posting. Anyway, if you want to tweak it more, try giving the white of the right eye a little less volume toward the outside corner. That would pull the right pupil from its corner and give a better alignment for your captivating introspective look over our right shoulder.

This is a beautiful painting and you get better and better with each new one.

Bigger butt is much better. Now that Pippa has set the global standard. :lol:

08-07-2011, 11:44 PM
Hi I shall try again to post my painting of a mate..it is acrylic...cs welcome.

08-08-2011, 06:32 AM
I did this as my first pastel mistakenly on cavas, hence the white dots.
Hope you enjoy it as much as I did painting it.


08-08-2011, 10:50 AM
Portraiture is not my best activity, but he is how I proceeded with this double portrait. I'm about to try the "Colorist" method, totally different from this method. Any critic welcome.





08-09-2011, 04:30 AM
Everything looking really great- I would look again at the male profile. You have the nose/forehead and eye angle slightly different, which doesn't support the likeness. Her face is spot-on!

08-09-2011, 06:58 AM
Hi everyone , i am new member here :wave:
Beautiful work everyone :clap:

WIP watercolor http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/09-Aug-2011/506591-DPP_0141.JPG

08-09-2011, 11:20 AM
bethanyt - thanks for observation, I see the nose angle is incorrect now you have pointed it out. I had played around with that area quite a lot, come to think of it, may be I "over" played with it!

08-09-2011, 04:56 PM
Nice work, maplecolor. I think she's saying "I vant to be alone."

08-11-2011, 06:23 AM
Thank you LGHumphrey:) (http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/member.php?u=60616)

08-14-2011, 10:34 AM
This is new for me, I'm attempting the "colorist" method.


08-14-2011, 05:41 PM
cool works everybody :clap:

a study (and a tutorial is on way in my thread) :cat:


08-15-2011, 02:43 PM
A palette knife painting of T.E.Lawrence (Lawrence of Arabia), born 15th Aug. 1888.


08-15-2011, 02:51 PM
I love using the palette knife too, Lawrence.
Stops one putting in too much detail in the early stages I think.

08-15-2011, 07:07 PM
Great portrait.

08-15-2011, 07:16 PM

Portrait done in Pencil. Mostly used 9h,5h,hb,2b and f.

08-15-2011, 10:21 PM
This is Beautiful, really beautiful :)

08-16-2011, 12:35 AM
Nicely done !!

08-16-2011, 06:20 AM
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/16-Aug-2011/75590-658.jpgself with a funny hoodie!
DenisHogan..lovely drawing:thumbsup:

08-21-2011, 03:01 PM
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/21-Aug-2011/75590-4.jpg quick 2 hour sketch of Nureyev this afternoon..and finishof my stupid sp...http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/21-Aug-2011/75590-693.jpg

08-21-2011, 06:34 PM
My dad, oil on canvas (8"x 12").

Nice portraits larubia :)


08-21-2011, 07:41 PM
Thank you for the wonderful references, Lauren.

Here is my take on one of them.

Derwent Drawing Pencils on gray paper 9x12 inch

http://img155.imageshack.us/img155/4140/portraitchallengeaug201.jpg (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/155/portraitchallengeaug201.jpg/)

08-22-2011, 04:01 PM
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/22-Aug-2011/75590-14.jpg another 2 hours this morning ..calling it quits,,,not enough detail on the crappy ref pic i was using.
EEvie..lovely gentle portrait of your dad:clap:

08-23-2011, 04:02 AM
larubia if this is what you did from a crappy picture, I'd love to see what you can do with a decent one! I'm totally amazed. I love everything about this. The detail in the background, the gentle blending. Amazing.

What paints and canvas did you use?

another 2 hours this morning ..calling it quits,,,not enough detail on the crappy ref pic i was using.

08-23-2011, 04:52 AM
Larubia: That is a super romantic portrait of the ballet dancer. Love the colours in it.

Eevie: fine portrait of your dad,. Lovely quality of bright sunlight.

Sandra: fun sketch of the head, well done.

08-23-2011, 10:03 AM
Made another one today of my sister. Size is about 6"x9".


08-23-2011, 11:44 AM
OMG Eevie, absolutely stunning! I love it. And on such a small size.

I've been wondering who to paint next (it will be my 3rd portrait, so I'm still very new). You have inspired me to do a small size portrait.

Can you tell me the canvas and oils/mediums you've used? Also brushes? I'm trying to learn as much as possible.

Made another one today of my sister. Size is about 6"x9".

08-23-2011, 01:35 PM
Thank you Amrit :)

I always use Rembrandt oil paints and I have a few Winsor & Newton tubes. They are both good!

I use brushes (nylon) from Rosemary & Co, they are about the same price as the brushes I buy at the store here and the quality is great. I prefer mongoose brushes but they are very expensive so I don't use them every time I paint.

As for the canvas I use, it's canvas from a pad (Fredrix) I got for my birthday when I was 12..:o I still had a few sheets left on it. It's primed so I can use it right away. I usually work on paper with gesso on it but I like the structure of canvas so I think I will stick to it.

08-24-2011, 01:45 PM
Eevie: another fine portrait. I like the light, airy, ethereal quality you've caught using the blue tones.

08-24-2011, 06:43 PM
Great works here everyone!!!! - kw

a small teaching demo I did recently.. on the wrong paper but something in it.. turned out ok.. charcoal on rough ( bad!) newsprint. about 30 minutes.


lovin art
08-25-2011, 04:59 AM
Ok~ Mr W , you know you just upped the game posting this dont you ..:D .... Kevin ~So Beautiful ~ shes quite Dreamy those eyes !!! and as ever I LOVE seeing your fine sweeping gesture lines and the movement that comes from within this ...Crikey !!:clap:

08-25-2011, 05:06 AM
Very nice drawing Kevin :)

08-25-2011, 11:54 PM
Eevie, I was admiring how you let the canvas texture show through the paintings of your Dad and your sister. You have such a lovely, soft and loose handling of your brushwork and paint that it is a delight to be exposed to your paintings. Please give us many more to enjoy!

Kevin, what you can do in 30 minutes is devastatingly super! Even on the wrong paper. I'll bet your students were impressed.

Anne Marie, time to stop beating yourself up. That is a wonderful SP, and your portrait of Nureyev has stopped just where it was meant to be stopped. Sometimes photos, and photo reproductions don't give you as much information as you crave, but that doesn't make the results crappy!

Most of us wish we could do half as well as you do!