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    Will Martinez: Traditional Work . Figures, Portraits, and Landscapes

    I only work digitally professionally, it's just a necessity. In order to keep up my skill and sanity I do my personal work (art training) traditionally. I use black Prismacolor pencil to sketch and watercolor and white gouache to paint mostly. I usually paint or draw figures twice a week so i will be updating this frequently!

    Here a few from this past year.

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    Theses are 5-10 minute poses, water color and white gouache

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    20 minutes, water color and white gouache

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    20 minutes, water color and white gouache

    Last edited by JCartdecker; December 10th, 2013 at 07:05 PM.
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    That portrait is really nice, I'd definitely would like to see more, Welcome to Ca

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    Update 1-9-13

    Thanks Gpozzo! here is some more stuff!


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    View of Griffith Park, Los Angeles, watercolor and white gouache

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    5 min poses, watercolor and white gouache

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    Update 1-11-13

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    20 minute Watercolor and white gouache

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    5 minute black Prismacolor

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    15 minute black Prismacolor

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    15 minute black Prismacolor

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    Hey, I really like your work...my favourite is a "cowboy". Looking forward to see more!

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    cool, I always like to see non digital stuff. Keep it up!

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    Those last pencil sketches convey a lot of character,really confident lines as well,intrested to see more finished stuff from you.
    keep uploading please.

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    Very nice. Love your mini figure sketches.

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    Update 1-14-13

    Thanks for the support everyone! here's some new stuff

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    5 minute watercolor and white gouache

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    10 minute watercolor and white gouache

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    20 minute watercolor and white gouache

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    5 minute black Prismacolor

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    very nice work , very pro

    the cowdoy is indeed well done !

    do u use gouache without diluting it with water to make white spot ? or is part of the painting ?

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    Thank you very much for the compliment Zou and the question! I like to plan ahead and try to leave the lightest light the white of the paper, like a traditional watercolorist. Sometimes things don't go as planned and I have to go back in and bring up the whites with gouache. I will typically dilute the white and layer it to get the value I want. Sometimes, if i need a bright bright highlight i will use straight white from the tube. I usually find though that this is to light for a painting and usually use my finger to smudge it. This also allows some of the color underneath to show through and gives the white I put down a temperature which helps harmonize it with the rest of the painting.

    I attached this for your reference
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    lovely art here man, the old man in #4 has such character.

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    Thanks Mane!

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    Love your work so far, your watercolour and gouache technique is lovely, thank you for posting about it! You can tell there is a good level of knowledge behind what you do. I'd love to see a more "finished" piece by you as well, but your gestural work is great and shows a lot of character through it so keep posting those too

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    Update 2-01-13

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    20 minutes + time spent touching up the next day. Watercolor and white gouache.

    Spirit: Thanks so much for the comment. I work really hard to search for new theories and design ideas (old and new) and apply them to theses studies. It's like Sargent said "You can't do sketches enough. Sketch everything and keep your curiosity fresh." These are words for any artist to live by in my opinion. This painting is a bit more finished, I probably spent another 30mins working out the painting the next day. More time was spent considering possible decisions and little time spent applying them. A good rule for painting is to think more a do less.

    I am currently working on an Oil painting commission and will post the final on this thread when it's finished.

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    Great work mate. Love the way your forms pop out of those loose lines and values. Keep it up!

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    Thanks chevy28360!

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    Update 2-26-13

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    Girl portrait, Acrylic with Photoshop touch up.

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    Very nice work! I like the colors you use.

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    great traditional work! wow..I really like your pencil sketches...keep it up!

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    All your pencil sketches are really good. I would want to see more of it.

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    Thanks you so much for taking the time to leave comments Marmaladde, Claudio, and Calvin. Stand by for more pencil sketches!

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    Update 3-1-13

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    10 minute black Prismacolor

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    I love the fluidity of your lines!

    New account for a fresh start.
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    Thanks Lenatic!

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    Update 3-25-13

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    A lot of the construction lines were lost in the scan.

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    5 minute black Prismacolor

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    5 minute watercolor and white gouache

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    Cool classy sketches, I'm so jealous of your strong traditional style.

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    amazing and dynamic, great I love it

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