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Old 12-18-2008, 03:48 AM
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Re: Portrait from a digital photo without tracing

DON'T SEND THE THE CROCKS! I am busy at work, I assure you. Just working on a zillion things at the same time as always. I had you almost done, them messed you back up, so here's the last photo before the mess-up. Will explain all, much, much later, but didn't want to leave anyone hanging!
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Old 12-18-2008, 04:46 AM
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Ahhhh - good thing we kept the faith cos I can see myself coming through here - not just my face now but also a lot of my personality - this is fascinating on an objective art learning level and also on a subjective one. I will check back in the New Year to see if I have grown any more hair! Thanks for the post update - that's excellent progress in my view.
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Re: Portrait from a digital photo without tracing

tali, it's obviously going to be a winner. One thing which makes the difference is the clean, decisive brush which shows all the way to the finish.
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Re: Portrait from a digital photo without tracing

I am maiinly in the cam sections, but I love to look elsewhere too for composition ideas.

I love to see the grid you have drawn up for planning your work. I made a similar one with the GOLDEN MEAN LINES and a group of PERPECTIVE LINES for much same purpose in PLOTTING my subject placement. I had it put on clear plastic (at the photocopy store) so I can use it anywhere - on the P C, outside, over art reproductions in books and on the P C. Ir has helped me greatly - as yours has you.

An excellent image you have on the go here to be sure. Keep it up.
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Re: Portrait from a digital photo without tracing

Tali, this is great work and I want to thank you. This is full of ideas and I am sure everybody will take another one. If you are looking for the one you helped, you found him, it's me. I think this is the first thread I will print out (if I make a book out of it I will send you some money).

Thanks for your work!
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Old 12-22-2008, 12:46 AM
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What a wonderful compliment, Alfred! Thank you, and no way about sending me money! (unless you want to buy a painting ) But with your skills Iím amazed anything I said was helpful. Your portraits are beautiful, what do you need me for.
Thanks Mickey, I REALLY tried to remember to keep each brushstroke separate and distinct.
Norm, great idea! Iíll have to do that Ö.soon, when I have a minute LOL! Thanks for the encouragement.
Marie, where are you? See?? You have hair now, I even gave you bangs as requested. I really need your input, does this look anything like you??
Here is my progress. Iím not quite happy with the likeness and there is still more modeling to be done to give her face more dimension. Iím off to go write another lengthy installment in documenting this, but thought Iíd post as to not leave anyone hanging. Any critiques or comments are always most welcome. I think this will be my last painting of the year, pretty cool!


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Old 12-22-2008, 01:26 AM
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Re: Portrait from a digital photo without tracing

Reporting in Teacher!

Regardless of what I may say, the best critic is my Beloved husband and this is how the conversation went with the above images:

Me: What do you think darling?
Him: It's Great!
Me: Tali has made me look too young though
Him: No - that's exactly how you look.



So Tali - Aside from that strange beard... I love it too and soon as I go and have my browny eyebrows dyed black like in this gorgious painting, it will be perfect!

I have to compliment you on the way you have mastered colour values not tones but actual colours. I love this portrait - and you have imagined my fringe most accurately. The colours in the skin are amazing - not lifelike but more real than reality - I love it (did I mention that?)

Really love it And I am longing to read the 'how to' when you get time to write that up. I am 2/3 through a new victim's portrait and I cannot believe the relative ease this time on getting her likeness doing it the 'Tali-Way' - .
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Re: Portrait from a digital photo without tracing

Well tali, this is a most amazing record! The birth of a portrait! And though I have not actually met the 'Greensys' I would know her anywhere! And I think this is she! The only thing you missed is that it could have been a three quarter view with a croc in her lap....
LoOVE the painting!
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Old 12-31-2008, 12:11 AM
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Re: Portrait from a digital photo without tracing

Thank you Marie and Corby. I feel badly that I've fallen behind on the documentation, but at least I've finished, and I did take photos all along the way, so perhaps they will tell what I don't have time to put into words. Here goes:

Once the paint set I started adding "light"




Final proofing: values first



then likeness--this time directly from the photo


last minor adjustments and final painting

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Old 12-31-2008, 09:17 AM
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WOW! This is very informative and interesting. I am amazed with how clearly you were able to share your knowledge, you make it all look so simple. Stunning! Beautiful portrait.
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Re: Portrait from a digital photo without tracing

This is amazing. I like to use computer helping me draw, too. Your information really helps.
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Incredible! What a generous soul you are Tali to share all this information & photos while you were so busy painting it!!

I've learned so much. I too have such a complete LOVE of color so to see this done without grays is amazing. You are an inspiration. Plus I love your spunky spirit. Thank you!!!

Marie you ARE such an obliging model & you did a terrific job just hanging out. But what a JOY to receive this portrait. You're a beauty & it shows.
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Susie, Flying, Cathleen, thank you. After posting on critique forum, I made a few more little tweeks and here's the final recap:






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Re: Portrait from a digital photo without tracing

Truly Amazing to check out the step by step....A Gift for sure. Wonderful painting. Thank you for sharing with everyone, it was a joy to see it all come to this.
I am awed and inspired.
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