WetCanvas
Home Member Services Content Areas Tools Info Center WC Partners Shop Help
Channels:
Search for:
in:

Welcome to the WetCanvas forums. You are currently viewing our boards as a guest which gives you limited access to view most discussions, articles and access our other FREE features. By joining our free community you will have access to post topics, communicate privately with other members (PM), respond to polls, upload your own photos and access many other special features. Registration is fast, simple and absolutely free so please, join our community today!

If you have any problems with the registration process or your account login, please visit our help center.

Go Back   WetCanvas > Explore Media > Acrylics
User Name
Password
Register Mark Forums Read

Salute to our Partners
WC! Sponsors

Our Sponsors
Closed Thread
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1   Report Bad Post  
Old 02-07-2014, 12:25 PM
roy-p's Avatar
roy-p roy-p is offline
A Local Legend
Kolkata, India
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Posts: 6,062
 
Hails from India
Use to denote nudity/mature subject matter 'Colossus' (new) and a few older ones...

Hi, dear acrylic people

Thank you for having me! Here are a few of my latest to older acrylics. Always a great joy and an humbling experience to share with you


WARNING:
There's a nude human figure study (no. 4) at the bottom, please scroll accordingly.


1. Colossus - 30" x 36", acrylics on canvas.



Close up...





2. Studying horses... 22" x 30" (full sheet) acrylic on paper. Ref image by kind courtesy of Molly Goossens



Close up...





3. Mr Woofie-doofie! - 11" x 13.5", a little acrylic exercise on paper. Ref image by kind courtesy of Claudia Dermois





Lastly...

4. Figure study - 22" x 15", acrylic on paper. This was directly painted onto paper with brush - I find this a more relaxed way to paint, although its not something I frequently do. Ref image by kind courtesy of Rens (Rens102 at deviantart.com)

*** Larger version (1352 x 1600 px) is linked here.





Thank you so much for looking!!
__________________
P r o s e n j i t . R o y

  #2   Report Bad Post  
Old 02-07-2014, 12:55 PM
AprilJoy's Avatar
AprilJoy AprilJoy is offline
A WetCanvas! Patron Saint
The Studio on 7th Street
 
Join Date: Feb 2012
Posts: 3,588
 
Hails from United States
Re: 'Colossus' (new) and a few older ones...

All lovely, skillful pieces, Prosenjit. The little details are fantastic and your "painterly" brushstrokes that are mixed in complete the images wonderfully.
Imo- well done, I enjoyed each of these.
__________________
FuzzyNacho
"No great artist ever sees things as they really are. If he did, he would cease to be an artist."
Oscar Wilde
  #3   Report Bad Post  
Old 02-07-2014, 01:32 PM
Charlie's Mum's Avatar
Charlie's Mum Charlie's Mum is offline
Moderator
North East England.
 
Join Date: Oct 2003
Posts: 57,884
 
Hails from England
Re: 'Colossus' (new) and a few older ones...

Hi and welcome back Prosenjit - you're such a GOOD painter you really should be here more often - I miss your work!
These are all superb pieces - studies or finished works
__________________
Cheers, Maureen

Forum projects: Plant Parade projects in Florals/Botanicals, Weekend Drawing Events in the All Media Arts Events forum. Different Strokes in the Acrylics Forum.
**Information Kiosk~Acrylics**
**Reference Image Library**
**My SAA website**
  #4   Report Bad Post  
Old 02-07-2014, 02:40 PM
Keri Howie's Avatar
Keri Howie Keri Howie is offline
Member
South Central Texas
 
Join Date: Jan 2014
Posts: 94
 
Hails from United States
Re: 'Colossus' (new) and a few older ones...

Fantastic work. Such vibrant wildlife is seldom seen. Thanks for sharing!
__________________
....KJH....

"Smile at a stranger today, you may change everything" My Mother
  #5   Report Bad Post  
Old 02-07-2014, 04:30 PM
Margaret 59 Margaret 59 is offline
A WetCanvas! Patron Saint
Lower Hutt, New Zealand
 
Join Date: Aug 2004
Posts: 3,800
 
Hails from New Zealand
Re: 'Colossus' (new) and a few older ones...

Masterful work on all of these.
  #6   Report Bad Post  
Old 02-07-2014, 05:54 PM
Fox_eNova's Avatar
Fox_eNova Fox_eNova is offline
Veteran Member
Last hut on the right
 
Join Date: Feb 2014
Posts: 790
 
Hails from Papua New Guinea
Re: 'Colossus' (new) and a few older ones...

Masterful is right. The animals eyes are so intent and captivating. WELL DONE!
__________________
Eric H
My Gallery
At my age I have accrued a lot of wisdom, just can't remember where I put it. - Me
I don't need anger management! I just need people to stop irritating me!
  #7   Report Bad Post  
Old 02-07-2014, 06:09 PM
pastel65 pastel65 is offline
Lord of the Arts
PA
 
Join Date: Aug 2012
Posts: 2,213
 
Hails from United States
Re: 'Colossus' (new) and a few older ones...

All outstanding! Pam
  #8   Report Bad Post  
Old 02-07-2014, 06:39 PM
susme48's Avatar
susme48 susme48 is offline
A WC! Legend
In Her Own Mind & a few people in MS
 
Join Date: Oct 2004
Posts: 14,216
 
Hails from United States
Re: 'Colossus' (new) and a few older ones...

Prosenjit...so good to see your work again!! So good!! They are all great, but wow to the Colossus and the horse...just wow!!
__________________
§usan
"Painting is silent poetry, and poetry is painting with the gift of speech."
~Simonides
"Who said one paints with colors? One employs colors, but one paints with feeling."

~Jean-Baptiste-Siméon Chardin
Susan's Soul________ Blog_______ Yessy
  #9   Report Bad Post  
Old 02-07-2014, 09:04 PM
Dcam's Avatar
Dcam Dcam is online now
A WC! Legend
NorthWest NJ.
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Posts: 22,622
 
Hails from United States
Re: 'Colossus' (new) and a few older ones...

These are really beautifully rendered. My favorite is that powerful colossus.
Super acrylic work.

Derek
  #10   Report Bad Post  
Old 02-08-2014, 05:09 AM
roy-p's Avatar
roy-p roy-p is offline
A Local Legend
Kolkata, India
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Posts: 6,062
 
Hails from India
Re: 'Colossus' (new) and a few older ones...

Thank you very much... April, Maureen , Keri, Margaret, Eric, Pam, Susan AND Derek! That was so inspiring...

April - I'm so glad you mentioned the mix of the detail with the broader brush-strokes!

Maureen - you know why Acrylics is such a warm place even in winter? Its not only because of the colors, but also because of Warmhearts like you Which makes it all the more special, every time I log in to post or browse. Thank you my friend.

Keri - that's a really inspiring thing to say. Fact is, I've started to enjoy drawing/painting animals more, only after I've had a go at trying to teach myself the human figure. There is this fascinating uniformity of design in nature!

Margaret - I'm so humbled

Eric - no wonder its said that eyes are window to the 'soul' - whatever the latter means, eyes sure are a powerful way to communicate. I just try to be mindful of this when drawing/painting.

Hi Pam, many thanks

Susan - and its so very good to be here amongst all the warm-hearted, talented people I'm glad you like Colossus.

Derek - heyy, so kind of you to drop in I'm really enthused that you used the word 'powerful' in relation to Colossus, something I could unquestionably sense when standing in front of that animal in real life.

Also, my gratitude to all those who've been looking in...
__________________
P r o s e n j i t . R o y

  #11   Report Bad Post  
Old 02-08-2014, 08:33 AM
ItsaWonder ItsaWonder is offline
Veteran Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2009
Posts: 560
 
Re: 'Colossus' (new) and a few older ones...

And my gratitude to you, for showing us your amazing acrylic work. You have such a command of the medium, it's quite admirable--your use of color, brushstroke, not to mention drawing, etc. etc. Don't need to list all the elements of art here, but I just wanted to convey I think you've got it all going on! And on top of all that, you seem to have a fantastic technique for photographing your art, which is my bugaboo, so if you have any tips, I am all ears...

Thanks...Meredith
__________________
https://localhearted.com

  #12   Report Bad Post  
Old 02-09-2014, 03:16 AM
roy-p's Avatar
roy-p roy-p is offline
A Local Legend
Kolkata, India
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Posts: 6,062
 
Hails from India
Re: 'Colossus' (new) and a few older ones...

Meredith, that is totally kind of you... and will inspire me to work hard(er). I'd love to paint more, to use up every available hours, but in the 'real' world, that is not possible. Plus, the brain can clog up pretty fast, affecting my performance edge.

Thank you for appreciating my photography. Truth is, even though I'm fastidious about getting as close a representation to the original as possible, my low-end equipment will not always permit me to do that, so I have to do some post-processing. However, the basic steps that I follow are enumerated below, perhaps they'll be of some help to you...

Most of my earlier pics were taken with a Sony pocket digital, and now with a low-cost Nikon point and shoot (L820).

1. To keep the pic free from lens distortion (bending at the corners/edges) - I focus from mid-distance, so that a part of the room is visible around the pic. Then I zoom in to the pic only, which cuts out the distortion that happens at wider angles.

2. I'm mindful of the white balance (WB), which is how the camera interprets the 'color' of the available light in the room - If I were to take a picture in early morning or late afternoon sunlight, it'd have an orang-ish tint to it. A similar tint would appear if taken in incandescent (old type bulbs) lights. If taken in a fluorescent light, the pic would have a bluish tint. Therefore, the camera would have to ignore the tint or cast in the light, and make whites appear as white as possible, which would best represent the other colors as well.

So, I tend to use a preset WB, a feature available in most consumer level cameras, by photographing a white sheet in the light which I'd use to photograph my art work. The camera uses that as reference for white and adjusts its tint accordingly. Normally, my light is an ordinary fluorescent tube light, coming down at an angle, with the picture rotated about 50-60 degs towards the light. Hence, this is the light I'd use to photograph that white sheet to adjust my present WB. Please read this article I found - I think this explains it succinctly enough, with good illustrations.

Also, I keep the exposure level down a notch or two say -0.3 or -0.7 even. This helps keep the subtler tones from being washed out in light.

3. Post processing in a good imaging software - you may use Gimp, which is a freeware, or the expensive commercial ones. If you want, you may kindly google these relevant issues for related tutorials. I keep looking back and forth from my monitor to the actual art work and do a visual estimate for comparison.

a. Check for levels i.e. extremes of darkness or lightness. The lights should'nt be too bright, and the darks (unless its an absolute black) should still have features visible in it.

b. Check for light decay across the pic - which is bound to happen since the light is unidirectional. You may correct this by using a 'gradient selector' (which selects a wide area of the canvas in a graded, or 'feathered' manner). Once selected, you may brighten the selected area to match the illumination on the other side. All these are subtle steps, needless to say.

c. Correct Color balance i.e. tints which may be there due to less than perfect white balance control. For example, if its too bluish, drag that slider in the other direction. Sometimes you may have to do this across the three 'spectra' - highlight, mid tone and shadows. Most often, adjusting for the mid tones would suffice.

d. Once you're satisfied by visual estimation, you may add just a little sharpness (overdoing this will ruin your picture, making it harsh) to compensate for its loss in the entire process of digitizing.

But, and this is most important, unless your monitor is relatively well calibrated (that is, is not too dark or too bright, and doesn't have a significant color cast) all your effort will be useless. If our 'eyes' are yellow, the world will appear yellow! I use a REALLY old, cathode ray monitor - (13 years old!) - which I calibrate a number of times per year, from instructions freely available on the internet ('how to calibrate my monitor').

I have no way to check how my pic will appear on my viewers' monitors (although you may check your website on a number of your friends' monitors), so all this is really a best guess using widely used techniques. On that note, I visited your website and checked out the beautiful paintings (was particularly impressed by 'boy chasing duck') - the colors look quite apt to me, although, having seen the originals you're the best judge of course. If you're dissatisfied with your pics, maybe its your own monitor which needs some calibration-loving... and it'd perhaps also help to re-check those pics across a number of friends/relatives' monitors to get a better appreciation?

Hopefully, some of that babble above will be of help to you. And oh, thank you for teaching me that lovely word 'bugaboo'
__________________
P r o s e n j i t . R o y

  #13   Report Bad Post  
Old 02-09-2014, 04:30 PM
beegirl beegirl is offline
Senior Member
olympia, wa
 
Join Date: Sep 2013
Posts: 198
 
Hails from United States
Re: 'Colossus' (new) and a few older ones...

wonderful! so much talent!
  #14   Report Bad Post  
Old 02-09-2014, 06:54 PM
ItsaWonder ItsaWonder is offline
Veteran Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2009
Posts: 560
 
Re: 'Colossus' (new) and a few older ones...

Quote:
Originally Posted by roy-p
But, and this is most important, unless your monitor is relatively well calibrated (that is, is not too dark or too bright, and doesn't have a significant color cast) all your effort will be useless. If our 'eyes' are yellow, the world will appear yellow! I use a REALLY old, cathode ray monitor - (13 years old!) - which I calibrate a number of times per year, from instructions freely available on the internet ('how to calibrate my monitor').

I have no way to check how my pic will appear on my viewers' monitors (although you may check your website on a number of your friends' monitors), so all this is really a best guess using widely used techniques. On that note, I visited your website and checked out the beautiful paintings (was particularly impressed by 'boy chasing duck') - the colors look quite apt to me, although, having seen the originals you're the best judge of course. If you're dissatisfied with your pics, maybe its your own monitor which needs some calibration-loving... and it'd perhaps also help to re-check those pics across a number of friends/relatives' monitors to get a better appreciation?

Hopefully, some of that babble above will be of help to you. And oh, thank you for teaching me that lovely word 'bugaboo'

Wow, thanks for the lesson, I really appreciate your help. What do you like to be called here for your name? Your signature at the bottom of your posts is the opposite of your user name above.

You are a very good teacher, and I will be going through your lesson here thoroughly. So far, scans have worked best for on-line images of my work, but then when I take to the print shop, they don't look the same. Thankfully, the print shop just got a flat-bed scanner, so we are seeing how that works for my paintings. But I really would like to learn how to do this effectively for myself.

I am thinking that if I don't know if my monitor is calibrated, it must not be? Something I will look into.

"Bugaboo" is not original to me, trying to remember where I heard it...I'm thinking from Robert Genn. I do love that word, and sometimes it fits better than any other way of expressing myself!

Looking forward to seeing more of your work, and thanks again for showing it and for the lesson...(and for complimenting my work, much appreciated).

Meredith
__________________
https://localhearted.com

  #15   Report Bad Post  
Old 02-09-2014, 09:13 PM
bhavani.krishnan bhavani.krishnan is offline
A WetCanvas! Patron Saint
 
Join Date: Nov 2011
Posts: 3,839
 
Re: 'Colossus' (new) and a few older ones...

Stunning work! My favorite would be the horse (due to my bias to the subject) but all are extremely well done. Thanks also for your tips on photographing artwork.
__________________
C & C always welcome!
My Blog | My facebook
Bhavani

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

vB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Forum Jump


All times are GMT -4. The time now is 05:56 PM.


© 2014 F+W All rights reserved.