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Small update on the picture. I'm sort of putting the detail in the background and then losing them.
WOW I love # 2162, can I ask you how do you sell them ?!
Is it like reprints/ cards, posters, there are all kinda
possibilities. I opened up a Redbubble shop desperately to
get some coins rolling in my wallet!
Do you have another forum where you post/ sell ?!
I think the last painting is great! I was afraid that the background would sort of overtake the picture, but you kept it subtle and it blends in great. Is there any reason why you chose such a background? Would love to hear a story behind it if you have!
Great work on the portrait; I really like how the expression came out. It feels genuine and lifelike.
For a crit, I feel like the forehead is a little flat, particularly on the left side by the hairline. A little form shadow there could help it feel like it's curving away from us in space. Also adding brush strokes that suggest the curvature of the form can help make the subject feel more 3-dimensional. I think you have a little bit of that going on in the shadow-side cheek already, but conscientiously adding that to other rounded areas (like the forehead and neck) could help it pop off the canvas a little more.
Keep up the good work!
Not taking that still life any further than this.
Trying to improve my pencil technique, as I'm doing th Start program and my master studies are suffering because of it (see that thread for them), but here's a partial one that was beginning to turn into Noah Bradley. Now people want him to wear a wig.
After doing a ton of pencil exercises, here are today's still lives.
Thought I should post everything I'm doing here as well, just to show I'm still beavering away
Master studies - not posting the original, you can either guess or find my other thread.
This is a lot bigger than I actually drew it. Pencil
Even worse. Pencil and ballpoint
Noah Bradley -pencil then photoplus
This one I started in oils but found it too hard to correct the errors, so abandoned it.
Fed up with doing everything in monochrome, so I did it in colour and grey scaled it later. Don't tell Jason.
the ceramic? bear rendering in pencil/10
Things are getting accurate up in here/
These last updates came like a large grouped shovels flying through air,
slicing down and through raw environment, leaving all the witnesses mouth wide open,
indeed you have surpassed our expectations once more, all the life drawing models
came out very satisfied, like a little child from a freshly built cheese factory.
The confidence is rising in your hands, every line that you make is appearing
with stronger reinforcement. I like your sophisticated approach toward strictly
set goals, first you are like touching around in the dark, trying to find the switch,
and it takes some time, but when you find it, you have definitely found it, make
no mistake about it. Your line quality shines exactly in a same way, first you
were unsure but then you have nailed it, even those small details you are getting
down right. Your icy cool demeanor has changed to a fiery burning desire which
hardly can be tamed, my hands are sweating all the sudden. Your oil painting
skills are also crystalizing out, fogged lands right behind, you’ve improved
your borders right beyond understanding, I think that a few more paintings
and you will be right up there, a few levels above, you are amazingly
climbing up the ladder. Cutting from monochrome to color gave a sweet
refreshment to your subconscious mind, and right from your boredom
you’ve jumped into your max creative explosion, I would really
like to possess your virtually unbeatable persistence, the ability
to have success at hands. There is nothing else left for you now,
except big snappy shiny times which are ahead, you just
brace yourself and get ready to receive all the happiness.
I've missed this sketchbook totally. Maybe the title has kept me away ;-). Great traditional stuff. I'm so envious of people painting in oils. I have to start doing it myself some time. It's crazy that your doing the Start master studies in traditional media. Making corrections must be a pain!
wow you doing at lot of those! have you considered printing out your ref piece with a grid overlayed, then drawing in that grid on your paper before you start? it helps a lot with getting the marks down on the first pass. I guess that's even more important with oilpaint.
that reminds me; I got my water-based oilpaint the other day, but im still hesitant to start. what do you work on? I used to do canvas in artschool, but getting it stretched out right was always such a pain and im not even sure I have the right materials here anymore. have you tried working on board? is that okay?
I have thought about a grid, but I need to train my eye and I think I'm getting there. Master studies are done in acrylic as they dry quickly for over painting mistakes, especially in this weather and I'm doing them on canvas board, cheap and cheerful. Oil painting I do on gessoed hardboard that I prepare myself.
Last master study - again on colour, but it's pretty monochrome.
WIP portrait of a work colleague that I'm playing with in oils
It's very inspiring to see the progress throughout this huge sketchbook.
hey black. the still life is very nice I think. it does feel a bit 'small'; or maybe I should say unimportant. and that might well be a result of the way you've set it up, in a cardboard box like that. I dont know if you want to go for any grandeur, but it would be easier to get if you, you know. get a slightly bigger box. fix it up with some cloth on this inside. maybe black if you dont want an extra reflect light. or 2 walls black, one white or a color. its not just what you see in the picture itself, it's what you see around it as you work; that feeling will be communicated in the work.
its not bad to use a cardboard box, but I think you should know what it does for you.
I don't exactly have a large area to work in, and it's not going to get much bigger even it I rearrange stuff. If I do manage to clear out some stuff, I might be able to set up a bigger still life. That one was just on a small lectern with a sheet thrown over something leaning against the wall. While I await for feedback from Jason for the last three master studies, I'm pushing ahead with my portrait. Wiped out the eyes as they were too small and the whole face was too dark. Starting to bring in the design elements I had planned from the beginning.
Since I last posted, I've been screwing up a load of work, which I'm not going to post and thought I'd better knuckle down to some actual drawing. Pencil from life
Oh and I messed about with that last painting digitally just before cocking it up and having to scrape the face off. The background is final.
Just wanted to drop by and say this is a very enjoyable sketchbook, I'm not sure if you're wanting critiques but what helps me really place the features of the face is the Reilly abstraction method, sure you've looked into it but I haven't really misplaced the features of a portrait since I looked into it.
All the best and keep it up!