Yeah Emily that book has greatly improved my drawing ability. I think you are supposed to spend more time with them than I have been able to, but it's still having the desired effect. I attached the latest one I've done, & theres a selection of them up on my site. That Book also led me to J. Aristides books as well.
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Hello guys! Well, Bill Whitaker and I are getting ready for the Dallas workshop. We hope to see lots of you there. We're bringing our materials and getting ready a few days of great painting and drawing.
I have started a new painting. I'm still working on the larger painting, but it's taking me so long that I needed to start something else to give myself a break.
This painting is 9" x 12" and I have just put the first layer of paint on.
I have intentionally left the edges fuzzy, so the pic's not out of focus--that's just how it looks!
I don't want to put in a lot of hard edges too early. I can always crisp up certain edges later, the more I get into it.
Loren--thank you! Yes, the studio is cozy, especially when we turn on the fireplace in the winter.
lowercase--thank you very much.
Nubb--that is so kind. Thank you.
kidult--yes, Bill likes his studio very clean. I plan on taking lots of process pics for this next painting.
egerie--thank you so much, Aline. Hehe, it's a nice chair.
Kasper P--Yes, the easel is very nice. I'm spoiled.
Craig D--hahaha, yes. Luckily, Bill lets me borrow his.
Max Challie--yes, I started it before NZ and it's taking me forever, which is why I'm starting this smaller one.
The wall color is one some of the Old Masters used on their studio walls.
The light doesn't bounce around as much as it does on white, and flesh looks great against the cool green.
It is warm, due to the fireplace
D@niel--thanks! The palettes are all Bill's.
Blue Severin--thank you. I would love to show you in person sometime.
Victor B--thanks and you're welcome!
Clochette--thanks! The studio belongs to Bill Whitaker, and it is a pleasure to paint there!
clockwerkj--hey, that's great that you are doing these! They really help improve your visual sensitivity if you take the care when doing them.
Lovely update Emily, thanks for sharing, Hope to see a post workshop post with some figure drawing/painting,cheers.
Awww, fireplace? I wanna be there!
I should start out painting roughly, then refine it more later. I often try to get really clean lines when I put the first coat down.
Oh, by the way, didn't you have some drawings of.. pocket monsters in your sketchbook? As far as I can remember they were like little animals, running around. Could you please post them?
whoa thats inspirering! you've got an awesome oppurtunity to really learn what art's all about! thx for sharing
Emily, ¿podrías ponernos en el foro una foto donde se aprecie mejor el cuadro que hiciste de la modelo morena vestida de blanco?¿ y alguna foto de la cara?.
Siento ser tan molesto pero el motivo por el que lo soy se debe a que me encanta los trabajos que haces y quiero apreciarlos en detalle.
Muchas gracias por adelantado señorita, y mis mas sinceras felicitaciones por tu arte.
I'm really happy with how this painting is coming along. I'll get a close-up for you guys soon.
Max Challie, this is the page I think you're thinking of, plus another spread from the sketchbook:
kingkostas--thanks! glad you like the strokes.
Victor B--thanks. for sure I will post some pics!
Max Challie--yeah, start soft. Don't put the hard lines down and lock yourself in too early at the beginning.
Josef K.--hey, you're welcome!
man_k55--muchas gracias! Hay unos photos aqui.
Ooh it's looking beautiful, Emily! And those 'pocket monsters' as Max called em are quite cute. Do you do much work from imagination these days? The nose in the second sketch on the right hand side is to die for. The eyes and lips have a wonderful shape and economy of line, but that nose is so nicely done.
Can't wait to see the final on this one - it's looking like it still has a lot of life in it.
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Thanks for posting those pages Emily! Such cute critters.
Do Onitsuka Tiger make sketchbooks? They seem like a shoe company
If you haven't seen it yet, Bill Whitaker has started a sketchbook thread. Lots of great pictures and some great advice as well.
I have an update on my painting. The white I am using is really helping me with my fleshtones. I like to use a 50/50 mixture: 50% titanium white and 50% flake white. The flake white is more transparent--so when I lay down my strokes, the colors underneath show through and I end up with a nice luminosity.
Here's a close up of the face. I like to do little hatch marks with my brush strokes.
maldrin--hey, thanks. I don't do a lot of drawing from imagination, mostly because I don't feel as confidant with it. My monsters are just fun little doodles. Thank you for the comment on the nose, I really appreciate it.
Max Challie--no problem! Bumskee gave me the sketchbook. I think maybe it was a promotional item for the company?
Emmerly, that's turning out great! More info on tools used, and lighting set up!?
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That's looking so good that it gave me a real rush this morning. I'll have to go out to the studio and have a good close look at the real thing. You had a wonderful day yesterday and you should have an even better one today.
Have you ever thought of going into art when you grow up?
Great progress on ur current painting... Your skin tone is really coming out nicely. The only thing bothering me is the right eye. Somehow it looks kinda weird. Maybe you can go get a second opinion on that.
Thanks for the heads up on William Whitaker's sketchbook. I am quite excited when i see that because i know I will see many gorgeous works in it and learn many things from the master.
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Very beautiful work indeed. Like how it is turning out and gaining more definition. Wanted to take the chance to thank you for the link to William Whitaker SB. Wouldn't have found it otherwise.
Really fantastic update thanks for showing a close up of the brushwork.
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The picture doesn't do this one justice. Like all good paintings this one looks much better in person. Emily was just sitting at the workshop working on this painting...totally kicking butt. I have to say it is a bit intimidating to paint next to bill and emily...your work doesn't look that good when you are sitting next to them hehe.
I had a great time at the Dallas Workshop. Bill Whitaker and I painted from the model all three days and it was great. Here’s some shots of the set-up.
Photo by Phil Holland
Photo by Phil Holland
Photo by Yautja892
This is a shot of the lay-in, which I did on the first day. We set up the pose to take advantage of the light coming in from the window on the left.
Photo by Dished
This is the painting part way through. (Mine in the lower corner, of course.) The light from the window ended up not being strong enough, plus it disappeared later in the day. We started using the lights in the room instead. You can see that I have started to change the shadows to match the lighting.
Photo by me
Here’s the final painting. It was a ton of fun, and I’m really happy with how it turned out.
Photo by me
Interceptor—the lighting set up for the pose was just north light windows. I blocked the lower part of the windows, so the light came down slightly from above.
Bill—Hehe, thank you. Yeah, I think art is what I want to do with my life.
Mydrako—Thanks, I worked on the eye some more. Hopefully it is better.
Maestro Andres—oh, thanks. No problem.
Victor B—thanks and you’re welcome.
Teundeboer—thanks so much.
MindCandyman—It was such a pleasure painting with you, Jon. Your painting turned out great. Thanks for dropping by and leaving such nice comments.
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Thanks for getting me home from Reverie - for showing me how to work the headrest and the seat tray, for your Carma which got us those seats with so much leg room!
She's at it again - working for perfection. Yesterday she worked all day on a mouth, only to wipe it all off before she went home! She's incredibly tough!
you have some very nice stuff , and you push your technique to the edge, did you ever tried leaping into hyper realism ?
It might be just me but the atmosphere in the workshop or... was kinda dull in a way , from a big view seeing that everybody was enclosing to almost the same technique of imitating what they saw , maybe that was the theme , model study , anyway great work overall ...