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    Art Class: Portraits in Acrylic

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    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)
    Last edited by PixelFish; March 13th, 2011 at 04:46 PM. Reason: adding info about individual pics
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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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