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Old 07-14-2014, 03:45 PM
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First post here! Today's painting and a gallery of others.

Hey all, I'm Ryan. Very new to art, painting, and portraits. The quality of my posts for a while will likely be far below what is usually posted but hopefully you guys can bear with me.

Here is the painting from this morning, practicing with acrylics on paper 8 x 11:

Reference photo was George S. Stuart's painting of Ferdinand:

I blocked in a lot (helmet, body/necklace, ect) and focused on the facial features. The nose was a the main concern, as I have struggled the most with them since I started. Still kind of thrilled that it actually resembles a nose.

Didn't want to flood the thread with a thousand pictures, so for anyone interested here is a imgur gallery of other sketches/progress made over the last month.


Thanks for reading! All C/C welcome...I know there's a way to go but I felt it was important to "join the community" so to speak rather than practice alone.

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Old 07-14-2014, 07:59 PM
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Re: First post here! Today's painting and a gallery of others.


Thanks for posting. You seem to have an intuitive approach with your portraits, meaning you seem to "sort of feel" your paintings, and this emotionality shows, which is good, and can be the essence of an artist in my opinion. Depending on how technically accurate you want to be, will decide your course of action. For technical accuracy, I would focus on the elements of black and white and grayscale drawing to learn about form, proportions, and value. Then I would learn about the color theory and the application of color, and move on from there. I see strong skill in your black and white sketches, which you might want to practice more of and with grayscale values before you jump back into color.

You have a nice blog setup, but be aware that the site appears to be stretching the width of each picture to a pre-determined width (in html, you can specify exact pixels, or the image may be distorted), which may be out of proportion to the actual drawing/painting, which makes it hard for us to tell if the proportions are off or if it's just the website stretching the images wider.

Keep at it, you're definitely on your way!
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Old 07-15-2014, 02:51 PM
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Re: First post here! Today's painting and a gallery of others.

Thank you for your kind words and encouragement, Melissa! Will take your advice and focus on grayscale for a while. The next batch of photos I put up I'll check the photos to make sure they aren't being stretched.

Thanks again, have a good week
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