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Old 01-08-2017, 04:54 PM
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WIP: First Oil painting in 20 years

Hi!

This is my first post here... Looking for some c&c in general and some inspiration from all you awesome folks here.

So these are two WIPs I'm working on in parallell. These are my first semi-serious attempts at painting with water miscible oils. Last time I painted with oils (the other kind) was back in 1997 as a teenager and the results then were not great. I liked the idea of a medium which allowed me to take my time, but I guess I was too impatient to wait for layers to dry. I've since stayed mostly away from traditional media, and have painted mostly digitally, as I found it is much more versatile and accessible. But only as a hobby, maybe 1-3 serious paintings per year, plus some sketching.

So in a sense I'm a beginner, learning from my mistakes as I go along, yet at the same time for every other mistake I make I get this oddly familiar feeling... It is both invigorating and scary to work with real paint, it took me a year to actually get started after I bought the paints.

First one is 41 x 33 cm and a practice portrait of Tyrion from Game of Thrones.

Second one is 55 x 46 cm and is a portrait of my wife and our baby boy

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Old 01-08-2017, 07:38 PM
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Re: WIP: First Oil painting in 20 years

Sam welcome to Portraiture!
Great beginning with the portraits. However, one word of advise: try charcoal or graphite first. The reason is simple and personal as well. Many years I did the same thing you are doing by working in oil. I did not have any knowledge about the basic principles of drawing such as composition and most of all, values. My oil paintings were mediocre at best, and then I realized that I needed to learn the basics. With that solid foundation your oil or pastel paintings will look great. Fortunately you have the talent for portraits. This is my humble opinion.
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Re: WIP: First Oil painting in 20 years

Hi Sam- welcome to Portraits!
I think these examples are just fine- it is entirely up to you where you want to take your art. These look like drawings done with paint, simply because your emphasis is mostly on line and tone.
Colour will be your next challenge, perhaps!
The best advice (that I follow!) is to get as much practice as you can.
As I have said many times... Go out and sit in a cafe with a pencil and small pad- and draw everyone around you. Draw your family when they sit.
If you can commit to drawing from life for 20-30 minutes every day- as well as watching portrait painting videos or joining a class- this will improve your drawing of people very quickly.
The oil painting is another layer onto the portrait- learning light and colour and how to get the painting looking like the person. It takes practice! Did I say practice??
I can't wait to see your progress!
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Re: WIP: First Oil painting in 20 years

love the second!
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Old 01-09-2017, 11:36 AM
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Thanks for the comments! I will take especially the comment about them looking like drawings with paint to heart and try to improve my use of color.
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I put down another layer with hints of yellow ochre, burnt sienna and lots of zink white to lighten up some areas, and started to darken the blanket with a thin glaze of ultramarine blue. Touched up some areas, still quite messy in some parts but I'll get those eventually... I also tried to add some blue to the reflected light on her cheek but it didn't turn out very good with just the pure ultramarine blue in the glaze so I didn't dare go too bright just yet. I will try again when this layer dries.
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Old 01-12-2017, 01:26 PM
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Blocked in the lighter areas on Mr Dinklage face.
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Welcome Sam, beautiful works!!
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I think you should keep at this... love the last one!
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Old 01-19-2017, 02:51 PM
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Experimenting with Glazes, I may have ruined it, but I learned a lot in the process.
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Some more work on the Mother & Son portrait.

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I did another glaze on the shirt.

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Re: WIP: First Oil painting in 20 years

Last two weeks have been busy, no painting for a while, quite daunting to pick them up again and try to improve the rendering of the hair. I feel it is an improvement, but I feel it is a bit on the naive side. Going to leave it for now...

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Fixed the hair:
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I feel that I am finished with Mr Dinkelage. Here is a shot in daylight:



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