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Old 07-23-2011, 11:31 AM
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Hi!

Okay. Painting next. Same daughter. Not that I'm playing favorites, but I took a photo of Heather and I just can't resist painting this one. The light is doing such wonderful thigs.

She is wearing purple again... not my fault. It is my favorite colour, but I swear it wasn't intentional.

Anyway... I think this time I will bore you with a few photos of the drawing... because I worked really hard on it.







I've decided that graphing out the painting is really worth the effort. It took me a long time to learn that lesson.

I started painting with the right eye. Predictably... When I was a little girl and I coloured in my colouring books I always coloured the eyes last. I didn't want the people I was colouring to see they were naked so I got everything else done first. Now I like the paintings to be alive with me as I work.



When I draw freehand I start with the right eye and then work my way out from there mapping things out in a fanning sort of pattern. I suppose that really isn't necessary with the paint since I've got my drawing in place, but I do it anyway.







Sorry, I probably shouldn't show so many progress photos, but I like to.









This is about where I'm at. I need to go back on a few tweaks before moving forward...
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Old 07-23-2011, 01:11 PM
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This is really taking shape.
Very accomplished
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Old 07-23-2011, 02:57 PM
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Thanks Andrew.

I'm still refining areas that needed work...

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Old 07-23-2011, 04:17 PM
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Hoi Grunge,

"She" is a wonderful title!
Medium: ?, Surface: ?, Dimension: ?
Go closely monitor your progress!

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Ps: also a beautiful song, so it should be a magnificent painting!
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Old 07-23-2011, 05:07 PM
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Oh, sorry. 16 x 20 inches. Oil on canvas. so far I'm using Winsor Newton Titanium White and Grumbacher Dioxazine Purple. Thanks Karel.
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Old 07-23-2011, 06:38 PM
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Think I will stop here for today, although I wish she had a mouth already. Looking a bit like a mutant without it.

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Old 07-23-2011, 06:46 PM
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What do you use to draw grid, etc? Plain pencil is just not working for me.
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Old 07-23-2011, 06:52 PM
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Hey Eric,
I'm going with a little softer lead so I can erase it later. not in the H family. I prefer a low B like a 2B or maybe just a B. I don't want to go too soft because I touch the canvas a lot as I do the drawing and it smudges quite a bit. I use a kneadable eraser to remove it before I paint. That works pretty good and you don't get so many crumbs. I did prime my canvas first with several coats of Gesso to make it as smooth as possible. If you aren't doing that and you are using canvas, maybe the tooth of the canvas is holding too much of your graphite.
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Yes of course, early days, with those wider areas of face tonal changes yet to capture, and the details of the head dress and the fabric. The highlights you have depicted so far really bring the work to life even at this early stage.

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I'm still refining areas that needed work...

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Thanks Andrew. Not too much pressure, huh?

Okay, I'm back to work today. I've got the mouth started and just getting into the cheek on the right.

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I think that's incredible,wish i had your talent.
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Old 07-24-2011, 03:34 PM
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Thanks Trumper. You've done some really nice work. Your plants and pots was really good. I think because it was less complex it was more successful for you. Baby steps you know. As you can see I'm working from a photograph. I've adjustd it so it is black and white so I don't get tripped up by colours at this stage. and I've graphed out my drawing to get it as accurate as possible first. Why dont you give it a try. Pick a simple subject and get it drawn out then paint it in monochrome to get your values right. Make sure you spend a lot of time looking at the reference and really see what is going on with the tones. and blend, blend, blend to get your transitions smooth (unless a hard line is called for). I have faith in you. Why not try a still life with some glass objects, some metal objects and maybe some wood. Stay away from leaves and flowrs on this one. they are complex. Or you could try a portrait. If you do, I recommend a face somewhat smaller than what Im doing. the larger the areas of nothing but transition the more difficult to make them look convincing.
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No pressure at all apart from the pressure we put on ourselves to achieve something we are happy with. Your painting is developing nicely, with the form of the face now more clear. The highlights lift, with no sense of flatness, which is excellent. Your use of monotone is wonderful.
Will this be glazed or do you intend using complimentary colour technique?
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Old 07-24-2011, 06:42 PM
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No, I dont think I'll glaze this one. I'm not so good at that. Not going complimentary either. I think I'll just paint it and ignore the fact that it's purple.

Here's where I'm stopping. I'm exhausted.

Yay! Lips!!
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