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Sunday, 5 August 2007

Portrait WIP8

God, this is dragging on forever isn't it? Here is the latest update. I've started finalising the background and am very, very close to finishing.



Next time I won't bother with the grisaille and just start with the tonal values in flesh colour.

8 comments:

The Painted Sky said...

"Next time I won't bother with the grisaille and just start with the tonal values in flesh colour."

Wise words, I've always wondered why artists go for arcane processes?

To speed up painting, just underpaint it loosely & slightly darker...then go from there.

Cheers :)

Kitty said...

Thanks for your comment PS. I thought the grisaille would help me in determining the correct tones and values for the skin colours, which it did. Now that I am no longer a portrait virgin I think I could probably cope without it.

Kim said...

looks great Kitty
good job on the eyes !!!!
I find a thin wash on the canvas to start with is all that you really need....

The Painted Sky said...

Kitty,
I dont deter anyone experimenting with arcane techniques such as grisaille. It all helps in the process of learning....but as an arcane technique, grisaille has it's limitations.

I always say there is more than one way to skin a cat........ooops, sorry about the cat skinning thing :(

There are quite a few forums that are good for picking up tips from.....

ie for portraits;
http://forum.portraitartist.com/index.php?

General art stuff...
http://www.artquorum.com/forum/index.php

You'll find me in the one above, as well as the Aust Art Forums.....I'm the pink bunny with a foot missing ;)

xx

Kitty said...

Thanks Kim, I will definately look at using a thin burnt umber or similar wash next time. I didn't find the eyes too difficult in the end, but must endeavour to make them look more realistic in future as they are not totally anatomically correct.

PS, totally agree - experimentation is good and I find that the grisaille does have its limitations, hence I won't be bothering with it again. It served it purpose. Thanks for the forum tips, will definately check them out. I already visit the Aust art forums on a semi regular basis and have learnt a lot from them. Cheers!

lisa g. said...

really starting to take shape...

jafabrit said...

I really like the composition and the faces :) NICE!

Kitty said...

Thanks guys - I've so very close to finishing now. Just need to make sure I don't do anything to stuff it all up.