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Old 03-22-2018, 04:43 PM
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Alla Prima Selfie—From Life

Hey folks, I finished up a 2.5 hour selfie painting from life. I was inspired by David Kassan’s youtube video where he paints a young man entirely with a flat brush. He did his in 2.5 hours and managed quite a nice likeness, so I thought I’d give it a shot. So this is a new approach, using a flat brush and no flake white. It’s about 10x13”.

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Re: Alla Prima Selfie—From Life

I like this a lot, JR! well done!
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Re: Alla Prima Selfie—From Life

Thanks Bethany, that means a lot coming from you!
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Re: Alla Prima Selfie—From Life

A self portrait from life is a great direction and Kassan is a highly skilled portrait artist! It's good to try new approaches- this has harmonious color and good values.
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Re: Alla Prima Selfie—From Life

Thank you Ken, self portraits are fun but can be frustrating when the likeness isn’t correct. It may be my iPhone camera, but I don’t think my skin tone is supposed to be so yellowish. I’ll have to add the red back in with photoshop next time. Having good lighting helped with values, giving it a larger range...
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Re: Alla Prima Selfie—From Life

I like this work due to the values which are more important than the colors.
BTW, do you refer the work that David did on a woman in 2.5 hours using the parallel palette?
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Re: Alla Prima Selfie—From Life

Thanks Moises, I agree the values are important with this. I would have liked the flesh to be slightly pinker in retrospect. Something that would be fixed in a second layer...

I was referring to the painting of the man with black hair and rimless glasses. I think it would take me twice as long (and many more years of practice!) to get to the level he took it to in such short time. But the challenge makes it fun.
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Re: Alla Prima Selfie—From Life

JR: excellent undertaking with a successful result.
Did you try his "Vertical Palette" ?
I use it once in a while.....lots of fun and your paint blobs are so handy right there next to the canvas.
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Re: Alla Prima Selfie—From Life

Thank you Derek, I’m glad to know it was successful. I haven’t tried his palette, but it looks like it would help. Even just having a neutral palette color would help- my flesh tones look gray on my wooden palette.

I can see why he invented it though, the repetitive stress of looking up and down to mix colors can be time consuming.
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Nicely done. I like the subdued green palette. Your left jawline is a bit vague. I thought it was whiskers but there don’t seem to be any on the other side.
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Re: Alla Prima Selfie—From Life

Thanks Harry, yes I’m focusing more on tone and proportions at the moment, the color needs work. I’m not sure about the jaw, I think I see what you mean... there is definitely some facial scruff in this portrait.
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Re: Alla Prima Selfie—From Life

Nicely done!
I may try a self-portrait.
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