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Old 09-07-2010, 09:01 AM
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Re: Portrait Challenge - September - October 2010 - Return of the Masters!

Hi everyone,

Thanks for the comments Sandra .
Great work Julia, Lawrence, Jim and Steve!
Kevin, I learn something each time you post!
I am really enjoying the challenges as it makes me push myself to get drawing. I enjoy seeing how everyone tackles things and how they solve (what I find to be tricky) problems (I have been having a few "aha!" moments), especially when people have done the same portraits I have attempted.

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Thank you for these portraits and the info you provided about the artists. I see many wetcanvasers have already made some good work.
I hope to post something very soon. I'm working on the Sargent drawing but with no great success so far. I tried to measure and draw each mark on the paper, but the result was hopeless, so now I'm working on it with the Loomis method. We'll see what happens...

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Re: Portrait Challenge - September - October 2010 - Return of the Masters!

Here's my attempt done during the weekend. The drawing is a bit off, but overall a good practice and some good lessons learned.
Sorry about the glare in the photo.



One lesson is that next time it's probably wise to copy in actual size to get a better feel of the original, especially for this kind of painting. This one is only 14"x11".
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I want to say that I'm enjoying watching this thread. As a newbie to portraiture, I don't feel qualified to do much commenting, but I learn from and enjoy each entry. They are wonderful! Great painting and drawing in every one!
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WEll done, guys, there is some beautiful stuff coming out in here!! Wish I had time to play this month.....
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Francisco, this is definitely a beautiful rendering of the original. There is a likeness of features, values and colors... a success.
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Re: Portrait Challenge - September - October 2010 - Return of the Masters!

Thank you Kevin for the pictures here is my contribution I did this with gouache on the rough side of canson mi teinte to get some textures effects I tried to do what attracted me in the picture

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Stunning work Francisco!!- painterly !!

Hi Robert, nicely rended, gouache is doing well in your hands!!
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Robert, I'm not familiar with gouache, and this is very interesting.
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Re: Portrait Challenge - September - October 2010 - Return of the Masters!

I've finally completed the Sargent study. Although I'm not satisfied with the result I'm satisfied with my working on it. The first version was a quick sketch completely off, the second one was made by measuring, evaluating and reproducing shapes : it looked like a melt latex mask.
This one was made from a Loomis inspired approach, and I concentrated on building the head, which was a bit lost in the end but it helped me placing the features in a more convincing way.

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Thanks Sandra for your nice comment I just started with gouache last month and of course did two cats already I decided to do some portraits this year at least I'm trying Hope everything is fine on your side

Thank you Sizun As I said to Sandra I just started gouache recently I usualy do watercolors .It is a nice medium a lot more interesting than my school memories.There is a casein,gouache and Tempera forum and a gouache corner in the watercolor studio.


Doctasi this is very good even scarier in colors

Betty the cat This lovely i like the soft colors on the background

Lawrence you did well it is not an easy one I tried it too

Good work Les

Good drawings BellaJo well executed

Julia you did very well I like the strong lines

Beautiful monochrome Lawrence it really pops up from the background

Very good job Kevin

Steve Nice brush work and colors

Francicco 21 this is stunning very good job

Nice drawing Sizun

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Re: Portrait Challenge - September - October 2010 - Return of the Masters!

Everybody doing great work on these tasks. Had my PC rebuilt by my son, and, wow what a difference, now I can upload with ease. Just love the selection of paintings and would love to do them all, time being the bugbear! Managed to do two so far in pastel pencil.
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This is an 8x10. I took a lot of time with it, it's sort of a preliminary sketch as I would like to do it in oil. I love Sargent's work, the lost edges and the effects of light in his paintings. Any comment would be appreciated. I'm really glad there is this kind of challange this month and look forward to seeing everyones work.
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Re: Portrait Challenge - September - October 2010 - Return of the Masters!

I am not sure whether it is too late to post my first attempt (in water paints). I took up my brushes after many years. Please feel free to post your comments. Very much appreciated.

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Re: Portrait Challenge - September - October 2010 - Return of the Masters!

Found some time today and worked more on a 5 minute sketch I did a few days ago with graphite pencil on A4 computer paper, as I thought it had some potential. The most difficult part were the eyes which I still haven't got right. Maybe someone can tell me how to do them as they seem to have such lightness, pathos and character.I have loved doing the 3 portraits. Comments most appreciated,
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