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    Meh, there's so much wrong with this sketch, I don't even know where to begin.

    Her arm is too long, I'm having trouble with her legs. Do I keep them crossed or uncross 'em.

    I guess I got in a sort Maxfield Parrish mood today, but finding the sketching rough going. If I decide to take this further, I think I'll have to shoot reference for the pose.
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    A mascot for one of my websites.....the chameleonmind!
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    Went to the Seattle Aquarium on Sunday and sketched....which is harder than you might think since the fish don't know they are modelling for me and refuse to sit still. Plus, there's about a thousand yelling children beating on the tank walls, disturbing the octopus and the sea horses, and well, you get the pic.

    Anyway, the advantage of coral is that it sits still. So I sketched me some basic shapes and then referred to video footage and notes from a previous trip to get the colours.
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    So I saw this pic of Michael Chertoff on Boing Boing and decided to sketch him, because he was perfect creeeeeepy face reference material. It's like....Montgomery Burns come to life.

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    Really fun idas you have, the cameleon brain, the iceberg heart,all nice, keep posting

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    Ack! It's been a while, hasn't it? Well, my excuse is that work has been keeping me really busy for a number of months, and this year has also had me fly home for two funerals and life is just filled with the sort of stuff that keeps one from drawing and painting. But I do have SOME stuff to post, sketches, and two traditional paintings, one of which is in progress, and one of which is finished.

    Nerahla mentioned the 30 second pose site to me yesterday, and while I did a few quick poses, I really prefer longer form. I found a pose I wanted to try and did a pencil sketch. After scanning the sketch, I re-inked the lines I wanted in photoshop and laid in flat greys. I'm not entirely happy with the head and I'm almost never happy with my hands and feet. (Exception: My San Francisco which I did for CHOW. Oh, wait....that's not been archived in my Sketchbook thread. I should put her in.)

    I've also got a watercolour picture of my deceased maternal grandmother to match the one of my maternal grandfather I made on the occasion of his funeral. (She actually died when he did, about 11 years back, but I wasn't feeling the muse at the time.)

    And I started painting my great-great-grandmother (paternal side) in acrylic while I get used to the medium again.

    (Finally) I forgot to put my sketches of San Francisco and the final piece in the sketchbook thread for me. (This was from an old CHOW.) Adding.
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    Grandma (maternal side)
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    Great-great-grandma Charlotte Marie Parr. (Paternal side. Lost her eye in her youth while chopping wood.)
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    Did you ever finish the coral because it's looking very pretty? Posemaniacs has close ups of hands that you can turn to match the pose - it's what I use it mainly for.

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    Finally the San Francisco stuff from CHOW of ages past.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Black Spot View Post
    Did you ever finish the coral because it's looking very pretty? Posemaniacs has close ups of hands that you can turn to match the pose - it's what I use it mainly for.
    I did not finish it. But I really should. Particularly because I have another undersea idea that I could probably pair it with.
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    A sketch I'm working on, illustrating a novel called Machine Intelligence. (I may post more about it here, if and when I get the author's permission.)

    I was having trouble sketching the fabric in Photoshop, so I ended up printing up the flats (see upthread) and then sketching on top of that printout. It worked pretty well, freeing me up a lot. Now I'm in the process of digitally inking over the scan of that secondary sketch. (The hair and the fabric are the new additions.)
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    Machine Int Heads

    Working on the head which was wonky.....
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    My sketches from the 11th Annual Gage Drawing Jam: http://art.lismitchell.net/?p=166

    Here's my favourite from that batch--a plaster model from the Atelier room.
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    Returning to Traditional Art

    So much to catch up on, but a lot of my art for the last half year has been traditional media: pencil, acrylic, a little charcoal. This is actually a continuation of my newly rediscovered attempts at acrylic when I made tiny paintings for everyone as wedding favours. I did the first 15 back in September and October. The seahorse and lionfish were painted in December for the work art bazaar/charity raffle. They represent my zoological interests and things about the natural world (for the most part) that I find neat. Since our wedding was very small, I only had to paint fifteen paintings. They were distributed randomly but my brother--who was in charge of distributing the favour bags--did mysteriously manage to end up with the chameleon painting he coveted.

    Reference sources: The insects (digger wasp and scarab) were referenced from a field guide for insects, and the chameleon and frog were referenced from online stock photos. Almost everything else was referenced from my private photo collection or my brother's photo collection. (Mine were taken at a variety of zoos, aquariums, the Japanese tea garden for the iris and stone lantern, the PacSci butterfly house, the Golden Gate Park conservatory, or my own betta fish.)

    The scans are bigger than the actual paintings, the largest of which is about 3 inches by 3 inches. I painted a ground colour for each, decoupaged on bits of map, and then sketched each object in. You can see more of my process here:

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/pixelfi...n/photostream/ - decoupaging map bits

    and here:

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/pixelfish/5003054301/ - paintings in various stages of progress
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    Art Class: Portraits in Acrylic

    So last Thanksgiving I decided to paint my last living grandparent, my paternal grandmother, a picture of my recently deceased paternal grandfather. The result was that while my aunts and uncles recognised it immediately as Grandpa (from when he was younger) Grandma still said, "Who is that, dear?" Or words to that effect.

    My husband asked me what I wanted for Christmas and having just been at the Gage Drawing Jam, I mentioned they were having an acrylic portrait class. So most of the following sketches and paintings are from that class. We spent a few weeks learning (or relearning in my case) the foundations of drawing the human face. Always nice to have a brush-up.

    In some cases, I've put in the different stages--for example, our teacher has us sketch on the coloured ground, and then we go over our sketch with the raw umber, before putting our midtones or other values on.

    Note: with the exception of the last four pictures, all pictures were done from real life models or pictures I own. The last four portrait studies (George Takei, Idris Elba, Julianne Moore, and Radmilla Cody, respectively) are from online/magazines. (Practising different skin tones, although I haven't got that far in the studies yet.)
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    Argh.

    I just spent thirty minutes attaching pictures to the last post and none of them showed up. Retrying in smaller batches. Pardon the confusion.

    1 - Model: Max - Three colours only: titanium white, ultramarine blue, and cadmium orange light.

    2 - Sketch of my husband (pencil, graphite)

    3 - Painting of my husband Pyrrole Red Light + Viridian + Titanium White

    4 - Sketches of eyes, nose, and mouth : Front, Profile and Three-Quarters Views (charcoal)
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    1 - The pic of Grandpa from last year. (Predates the other pictures, but I forgot to put it in with first batch.)

    2 - Quinacridone Orange for the base, charcoal sketch, raw umber lines on top of that. Two scans to get full size of picture--it's bigger than my scanner.

    3 - 2nd week with Max the Model's portrait

    4/5 - Our art teacher has requested that this picture be in values of black, grey, white on a ground of Quinacridone Orange. This is so we can learn how to translate colours into values. Sketched from photo reference, which is also what I'm using as my value reference. This is mostly only the underpainting.
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    Final batch for the moment:
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    I've seen some of these on flickr, but not all. I'd love to see where you take them.

    The colour on this one is great.

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    Hummingbird Progress

    Inspired by the live hummingbird cam at PhoebeAllens.com. (I took a buncha screenshots to reference.) Completely done in Photoshop

    1 - rough sketch
    2 - "inks" / refined sketch
    3 - values
    4 - flats
    5 - background roughs
    6 - current stage

    Colour will be refined a lot in the bird before this is done....
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    More with the nest....
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    april art challenge

    At work, we've got a bit of a challenge going to see if we can paint once a day. (We can, it just won't be a finished painting, if I'm anything to go by. And I'd rather try to finish some things than start a lot of little never finished sketches, but oh, well.)

    The hummingbird started because of that, but here's some more stuff from my painting / sketching attempts.

    1 - Floppy eared orc. I think he might be Mr. Nutt from Pratchett's Unseen Academicals.

    2 - Jellyfish painted in Muro, DA's sketch app.

    3 - Landscape from imagination. I was thinking of the fin canyons in Arches though.
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    Stuff of recentish vintage.
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    First we have a fountain in Seattle. (The one behind the convention center.) And also a value study of a cup on my desk. Not much to say about these. Just trying to push myself along.
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    awesome friggin work in here...
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    Cordelia sketch

    Random sketch of woman, but after playing with the hair colour a bit, I decided that she was Cordelia Vorkosigan in my head. (My husband thinks she's too young to be Cordelia.)

    This is the passage I had in my head when painting this: "She lifted her chin, above the stiff white lace collar of her blouse, adjusted the sleeves of her tan jacket, and kicked her knee absently against the long swirling skirt of a Vor-class woman, tan to match the jacket. The color comforted her, almost the same tan as her old Betan Astronomical Survey fatigues. She ran her hands over her red hair, parted in the middle and held away from her face by two enameled combs, and flopped it over her shoulders to curl loosely halfway down her back. Her grey eyes stared back at her from the pale face in the mirror. Nose a little too bony, chin a shade too long, but certainly a serviceable face, good for all practical purposes. "

    Obviously, I've got the eye colour wrong--I'd make them grey if I revisit this.

    <a href="http://baencd.thefifthimperium.com/24-CryoburnCD/CryoburnCD/Novels/Cordelia%27s%20Honor/index.htm" rel="nofollow">baencd.thefifthimperium.com/24-CryoburnCD/CryoburnCD/Nove...</a> - The book is here. In the second half, Cordelia has one of my most favourite moments in books EVAR with a memorable scene which I will not here describe other than to say it establishes her as a total badass. As TV Tropes calls it, it's a crowning moment of awesome that I don't want to spoil for you.

    Working on painting on only one or two layers at a time, instead of a billion ones in different folders. Next time, I'd like t concentrate more on defining the form through volume, feeling the mass extrude or recede based on value.
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    Facial Studies

    Earlier this year for my acrylic portrait class, I did some facial studies in charcoal: eyes, nose, mouth, etc. So when I wanted to do some colour studies of the face, lo, the sketches were right there, begging me to make use of them.
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    Done from a tutorial in the Digital Painting Technique books by Focal Press.

    Pretty pleased with how it turned out.
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