Results 1 to 6 of 6
  1. #1
    Join Date
    Apr 2009
    Posts
    332
    Thanks
    90
    Thanked 58 Times in 49 Posts

    Where to find portrait references

    I've always had trouble finding good portraits with superb lighting to do studies from. I've been through google images, deviantart, photography mob, but it seems I've used up those resources to the point where it's impossible to find newer material.

    Anybody know of really good sites that offer great non-cropped portraits in awesome lighting?


  2. Hide this ad by registering as a member
  3. #2
    Join Date
    May 2003
    Location
    Hudson River valley, NY
    Posts
    16,206
    Thanks
    4,879
    Thanked 16,686 Times in 5,022 Posts
    Flickr

    Tristan Elwell
    **Finished Work Thread **Process Thread **Edges Tutorial

    "Work is more fun than fun."
    -John Cale

    "Art is supposed to punch you in the brain, and it's supposed to stay punched."
    -Marc Maron

  4. The Following User Says Thank You to Elwell For This Useful Post:


  5. #3
    Join Date
    Aug 2007
    Location
    Los Angeles
    Posts
    227
    Thanks
    1,181
    Thanked 193 Times in 75 Posts
    It's not a site, but get these:

    http://www.amazon.com/Film-Star-Port...tit_17_rsrsrs0

    http://www.amazon.com/Hollywood-Glam...2636081&sr=8-1

    http://www.amazon.com/Movie-Star-Por...2636081&sr=8-7

    They're cheap paperback compilations of photographs depicting old Hollywood stars from the thirties on up. These books are particularly useful because the photographers back then relied heavily on Rembrandt lighting, which is dramatic compared to the flat lighting you typically see in today's fashion magazines. Because there is such a stark drop off from the lights to the shadows, one can more readily learn about turning the form on a smooth gradient, how cast shadows help to describe the form underneath, the effectiveness of developing a simple two-value drawing, the importance of shape design and simplification, and all that jazz.

    Alternatively, you can just do a Google image search for the stars above, like Ingrid Bergman, Cary Grant, Marilyn Monroe, Marlene Dietrich, Clara Bow, Louise Brooks, Susan Hayward, etc. Found a great one here, with high resolution scans:

    http://www.doctormacro1.info/index.html

    Hm, I'm gonna have to do some studies from there myself! Good luck!

  6. The Following 5 Users Say Thank You to sfa For This Useful Post:


  7. #4
    Join Date
    Sep 2004
    Location
    Tokyo
    Posts
    2,714
    Thanks
    373
    Thanked 439 Times in 170 Posts
    Online tv - I like the news, interviews, documentaries, etc. The cool thing is you can see the person moving and use a couple of screen shots to go beyond the reinterpretation of just one photograph (ie. push the features/angles that you think fit the person/mood etc.)
    tensai


    check the Tensai Tokyo Sketch Thread (Sketchbook)

    check the Tensai Cityscapes Thread (Finally Finished)



    Quote Originally Posted by strych9ine
    Fuck backgrounds, who needs em.

  8. #5
    Join Date
    Feb 2006
    Location
    NYC
    Posts
    1,008
    Thanks
    175
    Thanked 700 Times in 293 Posts
    On Flickr you can subscribe to an RSS feed of a tag. I have 'portrait' and 'hands' subscribed in Google Reader, along with several other things I like to get random reference for.

  9. The Following 3 Users Say Thank You to dose For This Useful Post:


  10. #6
    Join Date
    Oct 2008
    Posts
    141
    Thanks
    39
    Thanked 12 Times in 11 Posts
    Sorry I have no references for you. Been looking for good references too and the Dr Macros website is really refreshing from the usual fashon shots

    There was a really good thread here on CA for portraits but I cant seem to find it now I remember it had a Native American in it, but thats about it, sorry
    sketchbook http://conceptart.org/forums/showthread.php?t=162034

    C&C are more than welcome



    deviantart gallery http://midge7.deviantart.com/

Similar Threads

  1. Helping newbies to find references
    By StefRob in forum Art Critique Center
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: August 20th, 2013, 05:16 AM
  2. Good place to find good fashion references?
    By aerisaxia in forum Art Discussions
    Replies: 11
    Last Post: September 26th, 2012, 12:09 PM
  3. I have here 812 portrait photo`s, references anyone?
    By SinisteR in forum Artist Lounge
    Replies: 0
    Last Post: June 7th, 2004, 04:26 PM
  4. Where to find futuristic environment references?
    By Ellis in forum Artist Lounge
    Replies: 8
    Last Post: December 30th, 2003, 01:00 AM

Members who have read this thread: 1

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  

Developed Actively by the makers of the Best Amazon Podcast