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    Wow, what an update. Beautiful paintings.
    Speechless the first time through... will have to revisit these again later.
    Great skin tones, soft brush strokes, subtle and reflective character moods.
    Always a pleasure viewing your work.

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    I've just put together a bit of how-to over in the Fine Art section of this forum. It deals with painting flesh in oils and probably confuses more than it clarifies. I think I could do better if I had a video camera.

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    I always love your work and your willingness to share your knowledge.... thank you!

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    Thanks for this post- YOU just keep me inspired!

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    Art .... feel wanted in the appreciation of the arts ..... Thank you ...

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    I was vaguely unhappy with this painting, so I repainted her right hand and then kept on going. I fussed and fiddled and finally called "enough."
    You can compare this state with the one published on page 10 of this post.
    It's different, but perhaps no better.

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    This is a closeup of the head. The overall painting measures 8x10 inches. I like to work on a very smooth panel. Some of the paint is hand made.
    Several months will have to pass before I will be able to see it clearly and know if it's a success or ... a less-than-success.

    I took this photo outside today under raking sunlight. That way I can see the brush technique a little better. On the wall, it doesn't look quite so bumpy.

    I don't necessarily aim for super-smooth, but it is indeed the hardest thing to pull off with integrity so I enjoy the challenge - enjoy reaching.

    The two lines on her neck are girl lines. Most girls have them. They have nothing to do with age. They are challenging to paint and I handled these better than I usually do.

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    I really like the change actually and the nose looks a lot nicer in the final,
    but as all, stunning work.

    Thanks for sharing! I love looking at these

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    Gosh, this is absolutely breath-taking Mr. Whitaker. And 8x10 is tiny!

    Girl line huh.. I've never heard of that. That's interesting. I'm gonna have to look out for that. Do you have any idea why they have that?

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    Nicely executed. I've never seen anyone get the "girl lines" down as well as that. And now I have a term for them too.

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    Here's something new. It too is small, being about 8x10 inches. It was inspired by a classical CD album cover, plus the classic face of a favorite model. A great deal of it was also made up.

    The technique is right out of time. Most specifically, 350 years ago. Grisaille, scumbling and glazing, very basic earth colors. Sometimes I like to think I could be transported back in time and take up a copper panel and a brush and be happy.

    Of course I'd be afraid to eat anything or drink the water....
    And I'd miss my electric blanket.

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    Since I delight in getting very close to paintings in museums (and thereby causing museum guards to scold me) I once again choose to include a close-up.

    I gave the skin a final near-white scumble, which works if the white is lead and doesn't work if the white is titanium.

    I took the photo outdoors today and haven't yet cleaned it up.

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    beautiful work as always sir!

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    YAY an update!!! I always love looking at your work. Beautiful piece sir, thank you for posting.

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    my god, my jaw drops when looking at these paintings! so amazing, thank you for posting these, looking at awesome work always reinvigorates me to try harder.

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    Wow William. You're an absolute master. Truly inspiring to see someone like you nowadays. That face is just jaw dropping. Incredible blending! Woow.

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    This sketchbook is beautiful!!

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    William your technique is absolutely flawless, makes me realise i still have alot of improving to do. Really nice.

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    Very beautiful!

    Why doesn't titanium white work? Is it too opaque?

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    Very inspiring to see more great works from you, Mr Whitaker... I just start painting and after seeing your work, I feel more motivated to paint. Hopefully I can one day paint as well as you.

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    Wow, Truly great, great work.

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    Mr. Whitaker, you are truly talented.
    I admire your dexterity with the pencil,
    and the beauty and classical nature of your
    portraiture paintings.

    I love doing art, I love drawing with pencil,
    I am still learning and progressing as I go.
    Your expertise with folds is beautiful.
    I love how you see where the light is hitting
    the fabric and I have come to understand more
    in-depth to the tonal ranges of things.
    In a sense I see differently now than I did before.

    It would be awesome if you could leave me a comment
    or critique my SB work if you have a spare moment.
    All in good time I hope to continue advancing in my
    God given natural ability to draw. Thanks for posting
    such beautiful work up here. It is very inspiring,
    and this is definitely a style I love.

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    Thanks everybody for taking the trouble to post your kind words.

    Serpian, you have it right. The two whites are very different and both have strengths and weaknesses.

    Danlucas, just keep drawing. Do you know about the 10,000 hour rule? Look it up on the Internet. Everything will work out if you keep working.

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    so I'm not the only one who likes getting close to the paintings in museums. Last weekend I went to madrid (should do that more often, it's only like 250km away and man it was really inspiring) and had guards calling on me all the time. I just wanted to know how in the world did sorolla or velazquez do THAT. Also, I hated how crowded the place was. Next time I'm missing some school day and going in the middle of the week, in the morning.

    I've just found out that trekell now ships worldwide. I'm just starting with oils, and I think I might purchase some brushes or ask for a gift certificate as my birthday is coming fast. Your place looks very tidy and clean, how do you do that? I'd like to be clean when painting but I'm messy. I don't like that, I'd prefer to be cleaner, it would be much more pleasant.

    Also, do you like the smell of everything that involves painting? I have this problem, I cant smell at all (anosmia) since birth. And I'm curious if I'm missing something or if I actually can think of it as a gift when it comes to oil painting, seeing many people talk about turpentine's odor and such things.

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    nice advice with 10000 rule,appreciated
    really clean worked out peaces of art,
    hopefully another day comes my 10001 hour
    thanks for sharing such nice art,
    best regards,Andreas

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    Hi William I was trying to understand your technique in your last beautiful painting. I should at this stage point out that I have no real knowledge but I am eager to learn. You said you used Grisaille so does that mean you painted it all in black and white tints and shades first? If I may also ask you spoke of painting on copper. Was this something done frequently by the masters and if so why and what are the benefits. Thanks if you can enlighten me.

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    You sir, are awesome.

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    Great sketchbook Mr. Whitaker. Thank you for your wisdom.

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    Really inspiring sketchbook sir, you sure know how to convey emotion through your paintings!

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    Dear Mr Whitaker,
    Thank you for sharing your work and wisdom here. I live in a country where there is a lack of solid teaching in classical art. Going through 11 pages of this thread is the best thing I have done tonight. Your guidance means a lot to me and you are a great inspiration for someone who wants to hone the craft. Currently I am retraining to become a better artist by unlearning my way of drawing and getting back to the good old traditional basics. I am self studying (books and through online resources) and doing copies of Bridgman and other works of great masters. I would like to seek permission to copy your drawings for the purpose of personal studies.
    Many thanks in advance for all that is to come. Keep inspiring.
    Christine

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    Very nice work. What do you think is the best way to learn how to paint drapery?

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