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birdhs
12-02-2011, 10:10 AM
http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/../Community/images/01-Dec-2011/110200-Sharon-9.0.jpg

http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/../Community/images/01-Dec-2011/110200-Sharon-9.1.jpg

http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/../Community/images/01-Dec-2011/110200-Sharon-9.5.jpg

http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/../Community/images/01-Dec-2011/110200-Randy-9.0.jpg

http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/../Community/images/01-Dec-2011/110200-Randy-9.1.jpg

http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/../Community/images/01-Dec-2011/110200-Randy-9.2

http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/../Community/images/01-Dec-2011/110200-Randy-9.3.jpg

http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/../Community/images/01-Dec-2011/110200-Randy-Sharon-5.jpg

All done! Now just need to decide on frames.

Hope the WIP posted previously
http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showthread.php?t=956219
helped someone understand a little better the process. All the details are on that thread.

Trick was to keep stepping back with every dab toward the end to see what else needed to be 'colored'. As this was a gridded painting and not freehand, it made it a lot easier to achieve this effect for me.

Thanx for watching, Greg:wave:

Linee
12-02-2011, 11:01 AM
I...am...amazed! Wonderful.

birdhs
12-02-2011, 12:32 PM
Linee thanx so much, it was fun.

Hope to do more, thinking about a set with my three dogs....

Greg

Ms Nan
12-02-2011, 05:00 PM
Very cool! You have done an amazing piece here.

Sixoclock
12-03-2011, 09:57 AM
What an awesome effect! Well done!! What a superb gift as well!!! :clap:

birdhs
12-03-2011, 10:49 AM
Ms Nan: Thanx so much! (PS love your quote!)

birdhs
12-03-2011, 10:50 AM
Pawn: Thanx so much!

chammi kaiser
12-04-2011, 07:55 AM
Goodness, that certainly is quite something. Fantastic work. How long did it take you??

birdhs
12-04-2011, 09:18 AM
Chammi: Thanx so much! These take a while from initial photo to grid to final about 15 hrs for the set. They were painted together, so that saves some time.

you should try it! lots of good exercise!

Greg

Sixoclock
12-04-2011, 09:24 AM
I would really like to try this method. I know you kind of described some of the steps in your threads, but do you know f there are more detailed step-by-steps for this process anywhere?

jocko500
12-10-2011, 01:26 AM
a wonderful image here. love the colors and the detail too

wilfred
12-10-2011, 05:56 PM
Lovely tile-mosaic-like paintings! I looked back at your WIP, that was amazing.

birdhs
02-26-2012, 10:37 AM
Sixoclock: here is a link to my first WIP in this style:

http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showthread.php?t=947111

hope it helps to see how this develops. This style is all about reading values from a distance, not color. it involved making a dozen dabs then stepping back, way back, analyzing whether it was too light or dark in comparison to the black and white photo using a graytone scale.

and reading every book and article I could find about Chuck Close so I could bewgin to understand his technique. and being in a classroom with a brilliant instructor and patient guide. Mike Holsomback (SP?) is also a fine artist in his own right.

If I can ever be of any help, just PM me and I'll answer any questions you ask.

life is good

Greg

birdhs
02-26-2012, 10:38 AM
Jocko: thanx so much for dropping in and commenting, Greg:wave:

birdhs
02-26-2012, 10:40 AM
Wilfrido: thanx so much for commenting. always appreciated, Greg