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Old 01-01-2006, 07:27 PM
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Re: Join us in painting and drawing from the same reference! 12-05

I agree whole heartedly with what Jet said,and Tom it's a piece to be proud of!,and like I said earlier,leave as is!!!,and keep up the good work!.
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Re: Join us in painting and drawing from the same reference! 12-05

Thanks a lot, Dex, for your compliments! As for doing a WIP, well, I'll be happy to post one, as soon as I'll start my next work (right now, I'm working on a child 's portrait, but it's almost done, so it's too late to take step by step photos...) probably in 2 weeks, ,I could do it! Thank you again !
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Thanks a lot, Dex, for your compliments! As for doing a WIP, well, I'll be happy to post one, as soon as I'll start my next work (right now, I'm working on a child 's portrait, but it's almost done, so it's too late to take step by step photos...) probably in 2 weeks, ,I could do it! Thank you again !
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You're very welcome Alessandra,
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Re: Join us in painting and drawing from the same reference! 12-05

Thanks for the feedback, everyone. I'm looking forward to the next one of these.

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Unfortunately, there is a dominating tendency to disregard artistic interpretations, and impose a high-value just to those pieces that are exact copies or clones of the original picture

Jet, you're quite right about this, and it raises a really interesting issue (to me at least). As I kept working on this, and on another portrait I was doing of my neice (posted in the January 2006 portraits thread), of course the process involved an initial layout and then a lot of refinements, and I did consciously ask myself what I was shooting for overall. A *perfect* reproduction of a photograph would be indistinguishable from the photograph itself, and since the other portrait was a gift for my brother's family, I thought: why not just give them the photograph and be done with it? What is so interesting about a drawing, which is invariably going to be different from the photograph? And if the accuracy of reproduction is the meter it's measured against, then even the greatest drawing is never going to be PERFECT, because it'll always be SLIGHTLY "off".

But clearly, that's not what we shoot for and that's not why we create art. I'm not sure why we do it entirely, but I think it's inescapably related to the fact that we know it was made by a human hand, and so there's an emotional value as well that a photograph can't capture. My ultimate goal / wish is to be able to create art that moves people, not that necessarily impresses them.

However, a secondary goal is certainly to be able to accurately reproduce something if I strive to do so, and since that was part of my goal in this exercise, I feel like I have a long (happy) way to go still. The differences between what I wound up with and the original image are partially the result of my artistry / interpretation, but also largely my lack of ability to reproduce with great technical accuracy what I'm looking at. So my goal remains twofold, I suppose: work hard to try to continue to develop the technical skill to render with my hand what is in my head / eyes, but also to continue to try to learn how to SEE what I'm looking at and bring out the qualities of it that appeal to me the most, and communicate that artistically through the piece.

(Hope that wasn't too off-topic for this thread; apologies if it was!)

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Re: Join us in painting and drawing from the same reference! 12-05

Hi Tom!

I understand what you're saying....

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Re: Join us in painting and drawing from the same reference! 12-05

Paki -

Beautiful work on the woman's protrait. The colors are wonderful, the piece is simple, and yet, somehow, very dynamic.

Love it!
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Re: Join us in painting and drawing from the same reference! 12-05

Hey, folks!
I know I'm quite late getting in on this- I hope you'll tolerate me.

First, a bit of explanation.
The second reference is one of my absolute favorite themes! (Hey, I'm a guy, OK?) I categorize it with the one so many did a while back, Beth. I call these "Exotic Women", but I digress.

I was about to start in on this when I fell crossing a snowbank, and broke my right hand. So I decided to try my left hand at this piece. It's not finished, but I'd appreciate feedback anyway.
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Re: Join us in painting and drawing from the same reference! 12-05

Jerry - with your left hand? Wow! It's great!
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Thanks, Janet.
I pretty much had to try it. My mentor broke his elbow several years ago. He won an award for a piece he painted L/H, so he challenged me to "paint through it"! Coulda been a Marine DI, eh? LOL!
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