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    Thank you so much for all the information beautifull work

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    Thanks a lot for the info Kevin. It's very interesting especially the walnut oil as I remember reading David R. Darrow a.k.a 'Dave the painting guy' using it to clean his brushes. I'm not sure if you know of him but here's a link , in case you haven't http://www.davethepaintingguy.com/faq.html#medium

    I take it that the walnut oil is just what you buy in your local food market and make salad dressings with?

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    as always kevin, great work and thanks for being so helpful to us CA members out here by including useful information. I can't really think of more to say other than keep doing what you're doing!

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    Dude your work is just siiiick! Didn't flicker the whole SB through yet but yeah i wud love to see some imagination stuff...i'm not sure if that's your thing rlly but i wud still love to see what you can come up with! ^^ those skin tones are brilliant and inspiring thanks for sharing the inspiration! Keep up the awesomeness and i'm up for moooarrrghh ^^

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    my god...now this is art!

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    That's some kickass work, wow nice .

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    New drawings and a few acrylic and oil things as well..

    all the figures are from the live model. the red colored pencil drawings are on hand-laid shellac'd paper.. an old process I was taught by Rob Liberace. These were my first attempts! some longer drawings toward the bottom, experimenting with design, light and edges when I can get my head in the game!

    Thank you all for looking and your thoughtful comments!

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    wow kevin, beautiful work. i forget how awesome your stuff is until i come in here, and get my mind blown!!

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    Great work here Kevin!

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    Another beautiful update Kevin, the more I learn the more I appreciate your work and strive myself towards achieving the same level of skill and beauty. Always a good day when you update.

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    great stuff as usual kevin - just to prove the power of your inspiration I had another look through here the other day and found myself about 4 hours later buying newsprint in the middle of the night from online. Keep on doing what you're doing and sharing!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clodioz View Post
    Interesting style .. I havent seen a style like this in CA, Congratulations man!
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    Imaginary - wow - NO! but thank you - now I need to work harder!
    Clodioz - there are people I WISH I drew more like but somehow it comes out me.. still much to improve on thank you much!
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    aIexander - um ? I wouldn't put it up if it wasn't close to right but perhaps you know best
    OmniNashi - thank you mate! I hope to soon..
    jimmy'z - thanks - love the pen - just need to do more!
    ...Well... congratulations sir, youre a pencil master.

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    That first one is gorgeous!

    Also, I had a question about how you approach mixing flesh hues, and shadows if you don't mind?

    Do you simply mix a percentage of red / yellow / whites for your base flesh hue, then dull out the color for shadows with the complements (green/blue)...or ochres and umbers to darken...? Do you avoid whites/black as much as possible?

    Sorry for the lack of clarity, I'm a new to painting, and attempting to do many studies - also simply identify colors, but can't seem to define good flesh colors without too much pink, or shadows that aren't muddy.

    I also don't quite understand how to get the translucent turquoise color either, but that's a story for another day.

    Anyway, please keep posting, these are fantastic, and incredibly inspiring!

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    Amazing figure drawings! Such a sense of volume and fluidity.

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    Ha ha, your life studies are so good it's ridiculous - crazy skill with tone.

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    And now you give us more incredible life drawings... they're amazing. Thanks!

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    The cross hatching marks you make in your sketches are so beautiful. :-)

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    oh my those life drawings are really inspirational!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dope Fiend View Post
    That first one is gorgeous!

    Also, I had a question about how you approach mixing flesh hues, and shadows if you don't mind?

    Do you simply mix a percentage of red / yellow / whites for your base flesh hue, then dull out the color for shadows with the complements (green/blue)...or ochres and umbers to darken...? Do you avoid whites/black as much as possible?

    Sorry for the lack of clarity, I'm a new to painting, and attempting to do many studies - also simply identify colors, but can't seem to define good flesh colors without too much pink, or shadows that aren't muddy.

    I also don't quite understand how to get the translucent turquoise color either, but that's a story for another day.

    Anyway, please keep posting, these are fantastic, and incredibly inspiring!
    Well, and I hated this answer when I got it, but it remains true: it depends!

    OK now that is out of the way I will say that I do something different for very quick paintings vs longer, careful conceptual form-oriented works.

    Almost all non-african descent humans can be considered in the low-chroma red-yellow and red-purple hue families and I quote: "The "ISCC-NBS Method of Designating Colors and a Dictionary of Color Names" indicates that colors that are named "flesh" and "pale flesh" can be found with Munsell hues ranging from 9RP to 8YR (that's roughly 36 degrees worth of hue). Of course, whether or not a color of those hues looks like skin would also depend on the lightness and chroma. "

    footnote: http://www.cis.rit.edu/mcsl/faq0#913

    OK now that I've written and sourced some technical info and to write it more in common art english "" - skin tones are generally a low chroma and quite bright orange - they will shift to pink-ish or more red-ish or more yellow ish.. African descendents will shift more toward the brown and violet with cooler highlights and more violet typically in the shadow. basic skin tones I mix a number of ways but some cad red light, or red ochre ( a Old Holland color), a bit of cad yellow pale and white as needed and you're in the ballpark. aliz crimson and yellow pale and white will be cooler but may also be "there." if you have a yellow ("warmer") light source like incandescent or tungsten ( 3300 degrees kelvin) the shadows will be brown-ish with a violet overtone - typically! if the light is more like north, morning sunlight or daylight corrected light ( approx 5500 degrees kelvin) you will see a brown-er or low chroma red shadow quality.

    I will desaturate with a correct-value neutral gray or a compliment when painting quickly ( alla prima). there are some nice weak greens, blues, and violets that keep values high and pull chroma down that I turn to again and again. These are my findings and also things I have been taught but they work for sure. Like many I continue to study, experiment and read about light, color, temperature and how it all works.

    Thank you everyone for your notes! It is so very much appreciated!

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    Shit, man. These life drawings... particularly the ones that are just "lined out", are incredible. INCREDIBLE. Hey, I think your shadows are even more impressive. That's totally crazy ! And inspirational, thank you.

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    Beautiful work. Definitely subscribing to this thread so I can constantly be wowed by your wonderful figure work.

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    I love your studies!! they're very inspiring

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    Sir you are my hero, that head painting is awesome and the last drawing is insane, the forms look perfect. Also your insights and explanations are really helpfull and thanks to dope fiend for asking the question.

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    Amazing drawings,... as usual

    I have a question : how is drawing on shellac different from untreated paper ? I guess it's not just a matter of color...

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    Thank you so much everyone for your kind notes! I will keep trying to develop - and it's great to get the feedback. I do try to look and comment often here at CA -- so much to see and learn from as well!

    @prnsweeney - thank you -- so NOT perfect - but some things worked... a bit! hah!
    @Sizun - Shellac - it adds a bit of texture and the verithin pencils take it it quite nicely. Also, when I want to get highlights, my click eraser pulls right through it in this nice way right back to the paper value.. I learned this technique from Rob Liberace who can draw as well as most people breathe.. sigh..

    This (below) is a longer pose figure from life - this is about 7-8 hours, in charcoal pencil, vine, willow, compressed and carbon on Strathmore 400 drawing paper. At first it was a fight and then I started to get in the groove..

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    An acrylic study ( the dark side! - but SO easy to clean up at your doodle-station!) - of LInda Thorsen circa her role as Tara King on the Avengers.. late 60's from ref on paper..

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    man its lovely... I almost can touch the skin haha

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    I like your stuff

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    Going through your sketches and paintings has been a great learning experience. I really really love your lines, shading, freedom and natural feel to your art. Your art is very inspiring and you are such an amazing artist!

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    It's amazing how your drawings almost seem to jump out of the screen. Beautiful handling of form through both line and value.

    Seriously, these are pure eye candy for me. Thanks for sharing, saved many to my inspiration folder.

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