Hey Alesoun, thanks for dropping by my sketchbook. I just noticed you are in Fife, would that be WA? I just went through your sketchbook and was touched by the gentleness of your work, even the application of graphite/paint is handled in a manner that relaxed me!
As to the "something to tie it all together", one of the things that I have found that anchors the work is to put an overall color wash over the canvas before I start adding the details. I don't know if these links work anymore, but there is allot of info on the painting techniques and materials of the Renaissance Painters.
Thanks, Black Spot. That's the expression I was hoping to achieve.
Oomgawa, I'm from Fife in Scotland. Thanks for posting the links. I had a quick skim through and all but two links seem to be working. Egg tempera looks like it would be fun to try, but I think I'll give Egyptian brown a miss. I didn't know that they ground up mummies to get that colour. Ghouls in the 19th century, eh?
I'm still sitting on my hands before I go in for the finish on the picture. I've had so many hitches on the way that I'd be tempted to rush it, so I'm forcing myself to let it fester a little more. It's not going to win me a wacom, but I'd still like to take it as far as I can..
Followed Oomgawa's advice and gave it a burnt umber wash. I think those weird diagonal lines must be brought out by the flash; they're not actually visible to the naked eye.
Just the final details and sharpening up to do. I might give parts of it another wash yet, though....
Looking good. I like the idea that some of the bits are coming back to earth.
Finished version. I'll take a better pic to send off tomorrow. Again, those diagonal lines aren't visible to the naked eye; must be the flash that's showing them up. Hence, I'll take a better pic (hopefully) in sunshine tomorrow.
Any last minute crits gratefully accepted.....
Do you have a polarization filter or anything like that? Those diagonal lines might be some kind of moire pattern caused by the texture or the support. Maybe you can get rid of it by experimenting around with filters, lens settings, lighting etc.
It looks too good to send out a less than perfect image.
Wow, this newest painting of yours is looking absolutely nice. I think it's the best looking piece I've seen from you thus far. Love the way that you've handled the paint on her skin, especially the neck and head areas, very beautiful. I'm looking forward to seeing the finished picture of it.
I hope you get the photo sorted as it's different from all the rest of 'newborns' and certainly stands out. Good luck.
It WAS the flash causing the problems. I took this photo outside today without a flash....
Unfortunately, but the time I realised it was squint, it had started raining again.....
Grandma, arttorney, Swampdigger and Black Spot, thanks for looking and for the kind comments.
This is the only thing in the house that will sit still for me right now. I want to do a couple of pics of her in oils; one as worn-out and creepy as she is now, and one of her in her heyday.
Only trouble is, although I have oils, I can't find my Turps or my linseed oil and I don't have a canvas.
So, a little practice run in acrylics......
I have looked at your sketchbook from beginning to end and I am amazed at the level of improvement in your work. You don't se many traditionalists anymore. I don't know what I would do with out the history palette. Nice work.
Aren't you just glad that it's over and can get on with other work? Don't know about you, but I'm exhausted.
Laylo-Dred, thanks. I do not have the first clue about digital, sadly. Maybe I should use the doll as a model to play in Artrage more. That's a thought.
Grandma, I can't wait to see the choices you make for your portfolio. Hope you'll show us.
Black Spot, yep, I hear you about the newborn (and the TD, too), but I got Doctor Art working for me, and I'm on a roll. There's an arts festival in my town that will be in its second year this October, and I've decided that I want to be in it, so Ima gonna flex my paint muscles and hope for the best.....
JHR, yep, she's creepy and kinda sad. Hope I can express both of them. Kind of an illustration of "love hurts", lol! All these dolls start out looking so sassy, but too much love'll kill 'em.... My daughter and her friends used to use their Barbies as darts; they had a whole points system worked out, but the Barbie had to go over the phone line in the garden first. She used to use her baby dolls as hammers.....
... and the real deal
It is so great when you guys that can paint well show progress images. Fun to watch the painting of your beautiful daughter from go to whoa.
On a negative note however, I will have nightmares about that creepy doll.
Hi Alesoun! Great sketchbook! I've been lurking for a while .
Nice work on the Newborn entry and I think the doll is more sad than creepy. She kind of tugs at my heartstrings. Maybe thats just because she reminds of a doll my mother had loved a little too much before she handed her to me and now she's practically crumbling. Good thing I had a boy!! I can't wait to see how she turns out.
That doll looks well loved and can kick ass too - what more does a girl want. If you want a creepy doll check out this video; it's one of sons doing a pop video remake (he did the original) - the creepy doll is near the end. I wish they had released it because they put the doll's head on a drill to make it go round.
Thanks for looking, NicG. This doll was slept with, sat on, drooled over and generally befriended until, after a couple of years, one of daughter's friend's on a sleepover flat refused to sleep in the same room as it, saying it was scarey.
That was enough; poor old Big Elle got relegated to the airing cupboard! I might just try fixing her after I've done the oil painting before I do the next one. I had her head off years ago to try to fix her eye, but no luck, but maybe a short back and sides and a new outfit will help this time. A little renovation project as well as a painting.
Dierat, thanks for the comment. There are so many good entries for the Newborn that, realistically, I don't stand a prayer, but I had enormous fun doing it. Somebody's (forget who) Birth of Adam is gorgeous! Sweet, juicy colours, yum!
Grandma, I know you don't scare so easily!
Black Spot, your son's make-up was scarey enough! Did he want to keep that haircut? Lol!
What I have so far. After the Newborn and the Girly TD, it's good to just kick back and play with paint....
I'll be getting the canvas and other things I need tomorrow for oil painting. Can't wait!
Edit: palette, if anybody's interested, French Ultramarine Blue, Cadmium Yellow, Burnt Sienna and Titanium White.
She's looking happier.
I hear you on painting for fun for a bit.
She's flawed and imperfect, but, oh,man, I enjoyed doing this pic!
jackpot_anjr90, she's a trial run for another pic. Don't have nightmares
I smudged her lipstick, Black Spot, but she'll look better in the next version. I just wanted to do something quick and slapdash. The whole pic probably took less than an hour and a half to do (in installments), but it was FUN!
Alesoun!! you should do a series of this wild child in different poses!!! Great stuff!! I would just do a bit of cleanup along the viewer right arm line. She's rough, creepy and so wrong that she's right!!!!! I love this baby doll!!!!!