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Old 11-03-2011, 12:58 AM
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November 2011-January 2012 Portrait Challenge !

Thank you to LaurenFM for a huge assist in our images for this month! Please note that the Astronaut, Jeannie, Baby and Anthony Hopkins - we do not have reproductions rights for those (but you are free to draw or paint them for study). The rest are free reign!

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Above - unknown academy award winner ( kidding!)!



Ed White - who died in the fire on the launch-pad of Apollo 1. I think this would be fun to attempt in graphite or charcoal! ( glass helmet - yes!)



Lovely wee baby, available for study purposes only..



The fab Jeannie Shrimpton ( not a ton of form but great shapes to practice!!)



My good friend Li-Lu in afternoon sunlight in the hallway of my house..



Lauren's Da' Bill !


ABove is Lewis


Above is Dana


Above is Carr
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Re: November/December 2011 Portrait Challenge !

Thanks so much, Kevin!
OoooH -- I want to draw your friend, Li-Lu!!!
Also love that limited monochromatic palette.
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Re: November/December 2011 Portrait Challenge !

Great images Kevin! I do hope I'll have time to do at least one this month.
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Re: November/December 2011 Portrait Challenge !

Kevin, if I get the chance, I would love to paint that dramatic, theatrical vision of Carr! I'm glad we have two months on this!

Thanks for all the wonderful references; they're great images to inspire!
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Re: November/December 2011 Portrait Challenge !

Kevin, Lauren, Portraiture forum... thank you so much for hosting another fantastic challenge

Well, I was sitting on these, hoping to discretely post after somebody else, as I'm far from satisfied... I guess I was too relaxed (read: lazy!) in my approach and made too many mistakes. Anyway... here's mine, all on 10" x 11" paper. Mostly conte, and some pastel pencil (watersoluble pencil for BG)


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Re: November/December 2011 Portrait Challenge !

Well done, Prosenjit!
Thanks so much for starting things off so well -- this bodes very well for the challenge!

Miss Shrimpton is lovely -- very 1960s, I think.
You really captured Mr. Hopkins superbly; even got that scary stare down!
And the one of Ms. Lu is lovely and a wonderful likeness.
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Re: November/December 2011 Portrait Challenge !

Awesome works Prosenjit! You are anything but a slacker- getting right to it! I can only echo Lauren's remarks, I will show ms Lu your drawing/painting, I think she will be bowled over!

That glassy feel to Sir Anthony, you got that working quite well! Jeannie , you did well, as there is not so much to go on.

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Re: November/December 2011 Portrait Challenge !

Lauren, Kevin... what can I say, I KNOW how kind you are, and I acknowledge your words with humility. It'd be an honor to have Ms Lu see my sketch. Thank you!

Having said that, these remind me of where I went wrong, and what's not to be done... I've come to realize that one makes or breaks a portrait in the first 3-5 minutes of drawing. That's when the basic shapes and proportions are laid down, and one needs be most careful and attentive at that stage - nothing you do (save a radical makeover) will rectify the mistakes that creep in at that very initial stage. I guess relaxed was a wrong choice of word, I was casual, and somewhat less attentive at the beginning.. hence the results. Oh well... (( shrugs ))
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Re: November/December 2011 Portrait Challenge !

Prosenjit, your drawings set the level very high. I especially admire how you rendered the forms on Li-Lu's face. Beautiful work !
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Re: November/December 2011 Portrait Challenge !

Kevin;

All of these photo provide much a challenge to me specially Sir Hopkin.

Sir Prosenjit;
I can only hope to have your proficiency and accuracy and beautiful drawings of this month's challenge. You set a milestone for me to follow.

Thanks.

I am hesitate to post this one as I am not happy with the paint application. I set out to study the grow on Sir Hopkin's face and I did not get it and there are places need improvements. I am going to do another study of him later or until I get the light on his face. I may not be able to finish him by the end of the months.



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Re: November/December 2011 Portrait Challenge !

fantastic images here, well done, Kevin!!!
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Re: November/December 2011 Portrait Challenge !

Owwhh Arh , Love them K, I will have something to draw iN Hos Thanks gUYS ~; )

~Sen, I love them all but I really love that first one ... its very voluminousness (if thats a word ! lol and her eyes are just so dramatic ... they are speaking to me !

Fivespices , you have him there in this ... well done
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Re: November/December 2011 Portrait Challenge !

Hiya Sandra;

What do you mean by "just have something to draw in HOS"? I am sending my prayer across the pond to you and hope you feel better soon. I like to read your cheerful messages and I think your schooling do lots of good in your painting and drawing.

Get well soon,

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Re: November/December 2011 Portrait Challenge !

Kim -- you did a great job on Anthony Hopkins!
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Re: November/December 2011 Portrait Challenge !

Hi all

My couch potato (i.e. digital) rendition of the green lady -for file name purposes the "Pre-Raphaelite chick". Tweaked the flowers a bit to get it vertical. Done with GIMP (yay, open source) and a $35 tablet.

As with any graphics program there are endless tools you can learn -or try to learn, but not being Copernicus I just used paint and smudge. Pick a color and lay down rough hatching strokes or even dots, and then smush it around, which is the fun part. And repeat. And watch TV.

Been influenced lately by a book on JC Leyendecker and the vitality he got with bold hash strokes of color. Like his acolyte(?) Norman Rockwell, hard to separate from the schmaltz but a fabulously gifted painter.




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