View Full Version : September Self Portraits
September 1st, 2004, 08:53 PM
I didnt feel like finishing it, I may have out self portrait my self for alittle while now...
September 1st, 2004, 11:39 PM
September 2nd, 2004, 09:30 PM
September! First month of Spring here...best time of year, although summer isn't too bad either, except for the scorching heat.
Anyway, nice work so far-
Matt- looks good, even unfinished...if you were to finish it I'd suggest adding another colour somewhere to help it leap out a bit more.
Rusty- Nice style. How'd you do the background?
Well that's it for my insight crits so far...
September 3rd, 2004, 10:13 AM
hi all, new to this thread.
here are two sps I did yesterday and some days ago. some critics? (would be great if somebody could give tips on using skincolors, have no clue about it :))
September 4th, 2004, 02:13 PM
been a long time eh?
anyway.. i've got some crappy fooling around today - so unhappy with it i tried to cover the mess up only to make it worse. Well... that's my fate i guess :frustrated:
Matt - thx for starting the thread. you had a nice start there - pitty you didn't finish.
Rusty - you bastard - great one again. love the colors and all. :eyecandy:
Darkside - welcome to the sick side :)
Try to focus more on the form. Try to make it seem 3D. measure! look.look.look. Pay more attention to the shapes. Forget color for now, and forget values - for start try to make it look like you and try to make it look 3D )like a low-poly model if you want)
September 4th, 2004, 02:45 PM
that one seemed so expressionless i felt like doing another one. Super quick:
September 4th, 2004, 05:24 PM
Wow, Oblio . . . that yellow and purple one is amazing. The forms are so well defined and the brush strokes are beautiful.
I haven't seen you post something like this before--you must be holding out on us! I want to see what else you can do. :)
September 4th, 2004, 08:38 PM
thanx oblio, I know what you mean, but I still struggle hard with form.
made a new one, I kinda like it(but i hate noses :[ ).
/edit: worked a little more on the one sp, not sure if this is better.
September 5th, 2004, 11:11 AM
Darkside the new one is much better form-wize exept the nose is facing forward when the rest of the face is at an angle. And with your old one it seems like theres nothing past your cheeks, try adding the other ear and a neck. Both would help add depth. And I agree with the others when they say forget the colour for now. Work with form, then values, then colour. I'm going to try something with colour tomorrow for the first time since my first sp(which was not such a great idea looking back on it).
When drawing/painting these, compair where one piece of your face is compaired to another. Look at one of the curves of your face. Compair where that curve is to the nearest object, like an eye, draw the eye in compaired to the curve. Then repeat the process. putting each peace in compaired to another pieces position. The same goes with the values, which are much easier to put in once you've positioned the rest of your face.
Most importantly, practice, practice practice.
September 5th, 2004, 11:35 AM
yes, agree with your points. but instead of going back, I did a new one :)
think this is my best, what do you mean?
made this in OC, if someone wants to see the wpe I can put it up.
btw, hexkrak, you did a huge improvement in your sps.
September 5th, 2004, 01:08 PM
You're definatly going in the right direction darkside :) Good job, you're definalty getting the form down.
September 5th, 2004, 01:21 PM
been away from this for too long, but sometimes that lets you persivere longer..
I should work more on this but it ran away from me, the face turned by its self and the colours well, lets not mention then :-p
Darkside- good progress, for the nose, one thing i find helpful is to ignore the nostrils untill you have the form, and for every part of the face, look at the way other people solve the problems.
oblio- i acnt see yours again, all i see are fortune city placeholders... :(
rusty- very nice, it looks really iconic. how did you do it? ink wash and markers?
matt smith- you're getting better and clearly having fun doing it, i preferred last months ones personally, but the only complaint i could make is that you dont sharpen these up enough, which gives them an out of focus fuzzyness, maybe try using a hard brush?
keep up the good work folks
September 5th, 2004, 02:56 PM
thx, IŽll keep that in mind :)
@Hexkrak and the others
thx, I postet a thread about the differencs between traditionel and digital drawing, would be great if you join:
September 5th, 2004, 11:34 PM
September 6th, 2004, 01:09 AM
It's been a while since I could work on anything other than my site (ColdFusion to Flash errors left and right)... new son and all.
My first attempt at using watercolors in Painter, or any form that is. About 30 minutes early in the day, gone for 8 hours, came back and worked 1.5 hours on it in different light. So excuse the messiness.
I am falling asleep, so I will comment individually later. So far, so good, but we need more entries... come on folks!!
September 6th, 2004, 02:44 AM
Hey everyone. Been about three months since I last posted, kinda fell out of the CA groove for a while.
Anyway, a quick SP in photoshop, about 20 minutes, I think. Really simple line drawing, then I built up black/white on different opacities. I'll probably end up revisiting it, but crits are very much appreciated.
Matt Smith - Freaking sweet, I learn so much about lighting from your work
Rusty - The backround texture thing is cool- PS brushes?
Darkside - Awesome improvement from 1st
Ni* = Edward Norton. Have they ever been photographed together?
Benzo - Very cool, the only crit I have is that I think the bridge of the nose spreads and seperates too much near the top.
Shadoman - How'd you do the hair? It looks great
September 7th, 2004, 01:15 AM
Thanks for the comments everyone, I really appreciate it. Ni, as for my pieces being fuzzy, there are several reasons why that happens, first is I try to do them in an hour-hour and a half, and after that I am too lazy to sharpen up the edges, which I probably should. Also I have been expirementing with other brushes. But this one I did today, I worked alot longer on it, so tell me if you think its fuzzy still or not. Also Ni, this last one looks like painter, I am curious what brush you used for it if it was done in painter.
I may redo this piece later, I think it doesnt look enough like me, its kinda funny looking though. The cheeks are too wide and the mouth isnt wide enough.
-Rusty- I really like the style you did your piece in, its really nice.
-Darkside- Just keep practicing working with form and dont get too caught up on details until later in the piece, you will get it in time.
-Oblio- Both pieces are really great, I really enjoy the first one. I really like the shape of the lips.
-Ni- Great piece as usual. I always like the suddle strokes you get. Always great form and shape. I do wish though you would do a completed one.
-Benzo- I like the underneath sketch. Its interesting to look at. Though the end portrait is too flat.
-Shadoman- I like the colors, and I like how some of the colors start to form shape, especially on the forehead.
-Arbiter051- I am glad my work helps you out. Keep working at it. If you have a digital camera, just go in a dark room and take a lamp with you and light one side of your face and shoot.
September 7th, 2004, 01:44 AM
Hey everyone... hope you don't mind if I come aboard for a bit.
Matt Smith: Just a small hint of an eyelid and something inside the ear would really help your first piece on this page (if you were to finish it). Cool lighting and angle on that last one.
Darkside: Skintones... Search your face for the places that are more flush with blood and then the other spots where the tones are bluer or greener where there is less blood flowing around. Thats a good place to start.
Oblio: I love the lighting on yours... you look pretty tough.
Ni* :I like how youve done a lot with what seems like one big brush. nice.
Love that Line drawing Benzo
Shadoman: Looks like yours could use some more darks in the face... seeing that the eyes are close to black.
Arbiter051: Looks like youve got some nice form going on, though the jaw line seems to go back too far. Goes past where your hair is hanging. A few more details in the eyes would help the piece stand out also.
Wizard of KOZ
September 7th, 2004, 02:24 PM
Blah, more of the same from me.....
September 7th, 2004, 04:11 PM
Any feedback would really help, thanks. Tim
September 7th, 2004, 04:38 PM
left handed action!
September 7th, 2004, 04:52 PM
thx for the comments
add more contrasts in the shadows-lights, also the fore and background could be more different. your colorstyle reminds me of the old painters :)
very good, thereare some sweet sps on your hp :)
here a new one, first one with good lighting ;) my roomlight sucks. couple mistakes, some shadows are just wrong :/
September 7th, 2004, 09:40 PM
September 8th, 2004, 01:27 AM
Hey Wizard of KOZ. I'll have to remember that face the next time I'm walking around Chapel Hill.
timmyhol: I like the varying skin tones. Maybe emphasizing a shadow area on one side of the face would help the face feel a little less flat.
I0N: Nice left-handed one. They are always fun.
Darkside: I hate setting up lighting. Such a pain in arse. Your shadows are looking fine to me. The eyes could use some even weight.
Rash Overdrive: Nice one man.
September 8th, 2004, 07:23 PM
cire- good stuff. good to see ya paintin eh
another one for the pile
September 8th, 2004, 10:39 PM
havent posted in a while, thought i'd drop this off. 8 x 10 acrylic painting
September 9th, 2004, 03:30 AM
Practicing my Painter technique, still new at it.
September 9th, 2004, 10:55 AM
Heres one done in photoshop. I dont use the program as much ever since I got painter, so I practiced with it. I am surprise that I was able to render it this well, even though there are still things that need to be worked out in it. I am happy with the way it looks though.
September 9th, 2004, 12:14 PM
September 10th, 2004, 12:45 AM
September 10th, 2004, 02:50 AM
here is a continuation of the previous, and still unfinished:
September 10th, 2004, 07:48 AM
just a few comments to make sure this thread keeps momentum...
benzo, you posted this as i clicked reply so just in time (if you value my ramblings :-p ) very nice SP the completeness is something i have real trouble with, take care of the highlights above your mouth, they are the same tone and intensity as those on the forehead and its pulling the mouth and lips out.
rkhon- i like the little tribal mask thing and your other one had good form and lighting, i'd like to see another one like that but without the flames, just personal preferance :wink:
sharon5- nice to see you back again, with another nice SP, you work has a distinctive feel to it, almost motherly for some reason, a bit primary school teacher. I'd like to challenge you to do a moody one, with no smile and more sturated colours, oh and you need a neck
matt smith- good, getting sharper and more confident, maybe go back to a more traditional composition and really push it forward? as for completing mine i try to go a bit more each time but its so easy to chicken out of ruining it or pushing it into another ugly stage that frustration normally steps in, i'm working at it though
clayrodery- very nice lighting and composition, i like. one thing bothers me about the chin though, from the angle of view i think we should be able to see more of the underside of the jaw.
endregan- another familiar face. keep pushing the contrast, there is alot of grey in there, try one on mid tone paper, then you can use white pencil.
everyone else good work but i'm out of time sorry oh wizard of koz- get out of your comfort zone! :-p good work all round though
September 11th, 2004, 01:06 AM
I moved away from digital tonight. I didn't finish it, but thats alright...time for bed.
September 11th, 2004, 05:01 AM
that is great, I love it. What is it done with? acrylics?
September 11th, 2004, 01:21 PM
For Ni* ;)
Sorry it's REALLY messy! Although it doesn't show, I did spend a lot of time on this one. It doesn't look like me though...
September 11th, 2004, 02:11 PM
Hey everyone...love the work in this thread, here's my contribution:
This was practice for me. I never had to do a SP with an expression before...especially one I can't hold for more than 5 seconds :P Having my left hand resting on my face made it even harder. Oh yeah...about the pic, I just finished it, took about 2 hrs. Oh and if you were wondering why I chose this pose, it's the expression I wear most of the day :confident
September 11th, 2004, 11:50 PM
Darkside: Thanks a lot! yep, its acrylic paint.
Endregan: Hey good to hear from you and see new stuff. Yer really coming along man!
sula_nebouxi: yeah thats a tough pose. I have a real hard time holding them as well. I guess thats the challenge of life drawing. Well, I always figure... if its hard I must be learning something. Great attempt!
Sharon5: great job on your eyes, they really draw the viewer in.
September 12th, 2004, 05:18 AM
Well, I have been out for quite a long time from this thread... school is getting the better of me... I was able to relax a bit and sit and do this for fun.... It was refreshing to do art that I am not "required" to do...
And so commence the comments...
Matt Smith... Yours are very energetic and exciting to look at, I enjoy the way you crop these. You seem to have fun with em. that is good.
Rusty... Simple, yet awesome..
Darkside... I like your pencil ones... With the color portraits, they seem to be kinda muddy. One thing that may help a bit is to work on a colored background. The white-grey seems to be showing through a bit. I would just say be observent and add a bit more color to the shadows... you are making progress, keep it up.
Ni... I am glad to see you still hang around these parts... I like how this one is sharper than the ones I remember you doing months back... godd job mate.
benzo... So far so good man... I wish the pic you posted was a bit larger, its tough to see the details... I think the background could benefit from a bit more variation in values and stuff, but not too much...
Shadowman... The watercolors in Painter are extremely tricky... tough to grasp for sure... I like what you did to the hair.
Arbiter051... That is nice... looking solid, but I think the eyebrow ridge needs to be moved down closer to the eyes, making the forehead larger.. it looks solid though.
deschamps... Yours are some of my favorite SP's on these boards. I especially enjoy the arcrylic one. please keep them coming...
Wizard of KOZ... Another solid and moody SP from you... I'm guessing these are for venting, but it would be awesome to see an uplifting portrait from ya :wink:
timmyhol... I love all the colors involved in this... Like the others said, A bit more shadows and highlights could really make this "POP". keep up the solid work...
ION... interesting for sure, it messes with my brain....
Rash Overdrive... Well done... nothing more to say...
endregan... Looking good man. I think there could be some darker darks in there, its almost all grey... I would also try out more of a hatching style of shading a bit, see how that turns out.....
clayrodery v.03... I really like whats going on here... no crits from me... just a pat on the back...
Rkhon... Someone looks like Riddick :wink: I like the stylized design you put for you avatar... its cool...
Sharon5... Your portraits are always so clean and peacfull. I like em a lot. The moody one turned out great...
sula_nebouxi... looks good man, a tough pose like you said for sure... The challenge is good for you... You pulled the expression off pretty well... If you raised the eyes it would help it out. Also, I see that you used a bit of the white for highlights, but only in a few spots on the hair and VERY sparingly on the face... I think you could use a bit more on the forhead and lips and hand.... Just remember how easy it is to over do it...
phew.. I think thats everyone... sorry if I missed someone.
September 12th, 2004, 08:08 AM
This one looked shit till i started overlaying textures,quite happy with how it turned out.
A good 2 1/2 to 3 hours on this one,started it yesterday an finished it today,
no photo references.......mirror,photoshop and 2 cigarettes..
thanks all who replyed to the other one,its all photoshop,no markers or anything,just overlayed a concrete texture over the top.
deschamps..I can sense your very skilled m8,awesome acrylic painting.
Sharon5.......that last ones pretty cool,my fave of yours..
Benzo.......very true to yourself on this one dude,success :)
clayrodery v.03.......shit,havent seen you posting in ages dude,i still remember ya...looking slick m8,skillz r better than i remember...
timmyhol.........just like what i said to benzo,very true to yourself on this one,feels like i know ya or something..
endregan..........turn that frown upside down m8,..nice solid sketch..
Oblio.......you bastard....:),skillz r improving man...
jook...Im not really liking that brush but this is a solid SP...welldone
sula_nebouxi.....Its accually a nice portrait,just the tones need to be pushed more,they feel to flat..alot of character in there.
Darkside........pretty much what Oblio wrote,colour can be added later,id stick to using grays for now..even still,forget about drawing the whole face just focuss on parts(eyes,nose,mouth etc)..see how you go.
Arbiter051....try not to be to reckless with outlines dude,thats what ruins that one for me,..nice solid tones though..welldone ;)
Matt Smith....nice paintings,strong value work..
great work all round people :confident
September 13th, 2004, 10:05 AM
first ever self portrait
September 13th, 2004, 05:25 PM
whoa - AMAZING stuff here.
here's my crap:
super quick - Artrage
very tiered - i'll comment tomorrow. :zzz:
September 14th, 2004, 01:30 AM
yo. it's been like months since i've posted in this thread, or even this forums board. but i got banned from eatpoo today, so i decided to visit my old haunting ground. so many new faces! good to see you ni! where's the blackhawk, and killingpeople? those two were awesome.
anyway, i'm rusty as hell with the sp. but i'll practice and come back soon.
September 14th, 2004, 01:50 AM
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September 15th, 2004, 03:20 PM
profile...Adrian Lopez:male/ over weight/ pissed
September 16th, 2004, 08:24 PM
Everyones portraits are coming out really nice. Its great to see such variety and stylization differences in everyones work, but lets get posting more guys and girls!!
September 18th, 2004, 12:23 AM
shit ,this threads slow aint it..
todays SP,no photo refs......,mirror,4B on i think its water colour paper,not too sure..
Just over an hour on it,changed colour hue in photoshop..
September 18th, 2004, 09:43 AM
hello everyone, I havent had time to post in a long while, but i still check in every now and again, and I just wanted to comment on the HUGE amount of progress everyone is making. I was lookin through this morning and thinking "holy shit". Your guys hard work is really paying off.
September 18th, 2004, 10:30 PM
Rusty, your green portrait blew me away!
Deschamps, i LOVE your traditional media self portrait.
here's my humble contribution..
September 22nd, 2004, 03:03 AM
Android posted a BUNCH of portraits tonight. Looking at them got me pumped to do another one. This was about an hour in front of a mirror... photoshop...
Mr. Blonde... Most of these are nice to look at, very interesting. I really like the bottom one. It would be interesting to see a realistic attempt from ya ;)
Rusty... This one is nice to the hardcore max. I love the lighting. And yes, this thread is slow, whats the deal with that?
Matt Smith... I like the smoothness of it all. I have alwaysw had a hard time at making the nose look 3d, but you got that down on this. I think the lips could use a bit more contrast... good jorb.
ION... That is cool, is it meant to look like a charicature? because it seems as so....
Jens... That is looking so smooth. You know, as it usually does. Sorry to hear you broke your run, but it would still be cool to see your face here often. your portraits are alway inspirational.
Rkhon... That turned out nice. I am glad you did an attempt at a realistic one. The main thing to watch out for is line width and quality. Esp. around the eyes, nose and mouth. It seemed you got to the hard areas and slowed down, making the lines more sketchy and thick. Try and vary the line thickness. for example the upper eyes can have a thick line, while the bottom eye has a light one... play with it and try to get a feel for it... its tough to explain...
evolve... Great start. it would have been cool to see it finished...
Oblio... Cool man... I always like your lines, usually all twirly...
oven g love... Its a good first try, for sure... Pay close attention to things like the eye shape. little details that make you "you".
September 22nd, 2004, 01:15 PM
I guess its not bad for an oil painting done in 2 hours and the first one ive done in maybe 10 months or so... Its so much easier to fix things on the computer.
September 22nd, 2004, 11:38 PM
September 23rd, 2004, 01:46 AM
Rusty: wow...I am in love with that first one, and the second one is awesome too! then you have the third one.. completely different, yet beautiful!
Oblio: I don't think its expressionless, it looks like the expression you might have after your head fell off. (imagine how boring it would be... not body to keep you occupied!)
I really like the media you used I must say also.
deschamps: very nice! I love you the texture and color you've used in that one!
Wizard of Koz... you look like some scaryundead... I like it :)
Matt Smith: I love the angle and lighting onthat, nice job!
Jens: ohh I really like it, the media... brushpen.. need to try that!
a couple I did in painter, from sp photo's not from mirror, i'll have to crank out some of those too. (not to mention i need to move into the deep end and try with a bit of creativity and out of the boxness)
September 23rd, 2004, 11:17 PM
Painter 8 using crayons and felt markers in about 1.5 hours.
I don't have the consciousness to comment individually right now, but some very strong pieces here...
September 24th, 2004, 02:02 PM
Here are a little bigger ones of the selfportraits, sorry for making them so small :bashful:
first one (not toomuch bigger) (http://neabez.home.comcast.net/wip/micky1b.jpg)
Second one (a bit bigger) (http://neabez.home.comcast.net/wip/micky2b.jpg)
I'll be honest I dont' quite know what is a good size to work at, as far as the digital art is concerned :( Right now its at 300dpi and 2000x2000 pixels for all my practice portraits/sketches etc, what would be a good size to raise that too? I don't think I have enough webspace yet to post them like that though yet.
** oohh i just realized, you just want me to post them a little bigger? or should I also work bigger? when working digital. These were I'll admit done as an exercise to try and force myself to work quicker and looser, as you can probably see when you zoom in.***
Trying now to squeeze in some mirroed portraits before I have to leave, will post if I get them done!
Thanks for the hair comment! Hair is one of those areas that can be scary to tread into for sure.
September 24th, 2004, 09:36 PM
whatup ladies and gents, here's mine for this month
I dont' like it, it looks like I'm drunk. but I was tired soz I have a shred of excuse.
September 25th, 2004, 04:10 PM
tried out alittle exageration on this one.
September 26th, 2004, 01:39 AM
I wasn't feeling this one...
Matt Smith - You have a good range of stuff here this month from sketchy to fully rendered to funny... keep it up.
steak-tron - Everyone of your portraits has such great line quality and form. The few hints of highlights really make it stand out.
Marie - I really liked the second one. It has a good sense of light and emotion to it. It's elegant and gentle.
jens - That marker one is nice and rugged.
Rusty - Man those portraits are sweet!! I just love the first one with the concrete texture.
deschamps - Very nice works. I am especially moved by the traditional piece. The colors and brush strokes are very nice.
September 26th, 2004, 01:52 PM
Since I was very unhappy with last night's, I decided to make up for it.
About an hour and 10 minutes in Painter 8 using Acrylics.
September 26th, 2004, 03:58 PM
this one is a few days old, but hey..
great sps peeps :)
@shadowman: cool lighting, the sp before has a nice, dead skin feeling
@mattsmith: that looks funny
@steakstron: very nice, I like the unfinished areas a lot :)
September 26th, 2004, 05:32 PM
Jook: thanks a lot man! I haven't been trying for realism in a while, but since you suggest it, i might try one soon!
Steak tron, Jens: great self portraits as always!
Marie: very good capture of emotion, i like them a lot
September 26th, 2004, 10:52 PM
a couple quick ones...
Blue Oil Pastel and a razor here and there.
September 27th, 2004, 12:19 PM
Well been away from CA for quite sometime. Hopefully will find the time to contribute more! Willl comment later!
September 27th, 2004, 07:05 PM
Jens: in the latest sp you look a bit like val kilmer... heh..
deschamps: i like the shininess of your head in the pencil drawing :)
September 30th, 2004, 04:01 PM
ah, crap but hey, still september :)
they are all cool, very loose. I like them.
sweet, very good. I like the blue pastell thingie. the eye in the pencil one looks a bit big.
September 30th, 2004, 05:34 PM
Had to do one more before september ended.
October 9th, 2004, 10:41 AM
This is me-about 7 hours from a photo-for an assignment. 0.5 hb, 2b, 0.7 2b mechanical pencils.
October 10th, 2004, 05:03 AM
wow, very soft rendering. I like that.
but why donŽt you post in the "october sps" ?
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