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Old 11-03-2003, 01:34 PM
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This is great information. Now I can't wait to see you get started on the painting
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he is a cutie...reminds me of mine at that age...

I'm amazed I haven't turned grey yet...of course my daughter hasnt hit her teen years yet...so...

just as an aside, I show the customer a photo with all corrections...I manipulate the photo in photoshop and so have a fairly good idea of how it will look finished.
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I can't wait!

And thanks for the description of your initial meeting and the paperwork you take with you. It really marks you as a professional and someone who instills confidance. I'm printing off your information to put in my book.
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Awesome process, LeAnne! It will be interesting to see how the portrait takes shape...
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Thanks, LeAnne for you answer and you as well, arlene for your input! Waiting to see the next stage.
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*shudder*

I just HATE commissions because I am the Queen of angst

you look like you are doing just fine though LeAnne and all your decisions are very well thought out....you have a lucky client!!

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THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!!

Thank you so much LeAnne for taking the time to explain every step of the process you go through when accepting a commission, it is far from boring, infact it is very interesting!

I love the composition and pose you decided on -now HURRY UP!!! I can't wait to see the next update.....PURLEEEEEEAAASE!!!


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Ditto! what Alli said.

All of the pics of this charming little boy would make interesting CP paintings. I can imagine it would be hard to choose the right one!

OK, We're waiting for Chapter 2

What is it you like so much about the drafting film?


Judy - who does not do portraits...
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Old 11-04-2003, 10:36 AM
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and just to make you more angst ridden, i'm putting this in the hall of fame...
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Hey, whats taking so long????

LOL

Looks like you have your work cut out for you, for sure. I'm glad you didn't choose the pic next to the juke box, he looks alot older in that one, but would be cute if you leaned him against it.

just gunna hang around and watch ya work, have fun!

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I am NOT a fast worker folks. For example, the last 2 nights, I've done no artwork at all. Plus, I have a couple other pieces I'm working on (I don't multi-task well). So, chances are good that you won't see any updates until the weekend.

Judy, I like the drafting film because it is more transluscent than tracing paper, so you can stack pieces on top of each other to arrange the composition and move elements. For example, if you know you want a fairy and a flower in a piece, you can draw them on separate pieces of film and then place one on top of the other, moving them around until you get the positions right, then put another piece of film over it and trace off the full thing.

Also, it's very stiff and holds up well to erasing and abuse. It takes ink and pencil with ease. I used to do a lot of my sketches on tracing paper because it saved me a step of tracing off the design. The paper never held up well though. I've seen other art instruction books where the artist talks about matte acetate. Kullberg does in her latest book. I think drafting film is very similar or may be the same thing.

I should note that I'm not sure how well the drafting film does with graphite transfer. I tend to transfer my sketches by windowing (lightbox) or by projector. So, I'm not sure how the stiffness of the film might affect a graphite transfer.

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thanks for all of your explanations of your process - I was especially interested in the drafting film that you use, & how you use it - I'd like to try that - sounds REAL useful!
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Judy, I like the drafting film because it is more transluscent than tracing paper, so you can stack pieces on top of each other to arrange the composition and move elements. For example, if you know you want a fairy and a flower in a piece, you can draw them on separate pieces of film and then place one on top of the other, moving them around until you get the positions right, then put another piece of film over it and trace off the full thing.

Also, it's very stiff and holds up well to erasing and abuse. It takes ink and pencil with ease. I used to do a lot of my sketches on tracing paper because it saved me a step of tracing off the design. The paper never held up well though. I've seen other art instruction books where the artist talks about matte acetate. Kullberg does in her latest book. I think drafting film is very similar or may be the same thing.

I should note that I'm not sure how well the drafting film does with graphite transfer. I tend to transfer my sketches by windowing (lightbox) or by projector. So, I'm not sure how the stiffness of the film might affect a graphite transfer.

When you say "drafting film" are you referring to "mylar"??? Is it plastic with a frosted drawing surface??? When you use ink can you erase it with a moist eraser??? Do you buy it from a drafting supply house???
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When you say "drafting film" are you referring to "mylar"??? Is it plastic with a frosted drawing surface??? When you use ink can you erase it with a moist eraser??? Do you buy it from a drafting supply house???

I haven't tried erasing the ink with a moist eraser, but is like a frosted plastic. I buy it at my local Utrecht and the drawers have it labeled as "Drafting Film." I just looked it up on the website and here's what I buy...except I buy single sheets instead of cartons of 100.

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LeAnne, this is wonderful. You handle this so professionally. Wow!
Its especially interesting since some very good friends just asked (again) if I would do portraits of their two sons.
I'm thinking, "Is there any way I could be as organized and professional about it as you have shown in this thread?"
I wish I could. I will be watching...
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