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February 17th, 2011 #1
Doug Hoppes (SketchBook)
Okay, guess it's time to create my sketchbook. I'm a Vermont oil painter and fairly new to the art world. I started drawing/painting seriously about 5 years ago and decided that I can actually sell my works.
Most of my work traditionally sell at craft shows/art fairs with random painting sales to various clients at my office.
My paintings can be seen at: http://www.HoppesStudio.com and I have a Facebook fan page (http://www.facebook.com/DougHoppesStudio). Here's a good place to start posting some of my work, also.
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February 17th, 2011 #3
Portrait Studies: February 15, 2011
Last night's class was all about portrait studies. It was quite a bit of fun and working strictly with the conte pencils on pastel paper was a good way to practice.
I'll go more into the detail of the structure later, but there are some basic steps that we used to just evaluate the head. We first drew a basic oval to represent the overall structure of the head. From there, drawing the center line to get the angle and then marking off tick-marks to determine the location of the eyes, base of the nose and then the mouth (The next post will contain more detailed look at this structure). From there, we determined where the large planes were for the face and which parts were in light and which parts were in shadow. Then it's a matter of massing the shapes based on our underlying structure.
The nice part about using the basic structure technique is that you think more about how the face fits into the basic structure, than trying to measure each minute angle. This leads to a more realistic and rounded portrait.
Not bad for some first attempts.
February 17th, 2011 #4
yep definitely digging your surreal vs real landscapes, really cool!
i think the colurs and lights in post2 arnt quite realistic though; the greens are very bright, even on the evening scene for example.
here are some amazing studies i refer back to a lot by Min, whos a god of this sort of thing and piants impeccable studies
sb most art copied to page 1
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April 3rd, 2011 #11
kay, it was absolutely gorgeous in Vermont today. The day was bright and sunny... and coooollllldddddd......
When I was driving home from setting up my nephew's computer for DSL, I saw this seen near my house. I decided that: "It's bright, it's sunny, and I would LOVE to paint that scene". So, I got home, rushed out to get my gear and then headed back to the spot (it's about 5 minute drive from my house).
As I started my setup, the wind was seriously kicking up in the field that I was working. However, I had my hoodie, hat and gear. I should be warm enough! Hah! No chance. Standing in a windy open field on a cold day is just asking for your hands to stop working. However, as you can see... here's my effort for the day. Took about 1-1/2 hours to paint. Later on, I'll post the basic procedures how I do my paintings and my setup.
April 3rd, 2011 #12
Ohhh I really like the colors you use... Lovely paintings.
April 3rd, 2011 #13