I will be M.I.A. for a few days for the Thanksgiving break but I'll leave you with a few more celeb face sketches (frthat I'm continuing working on. I promise some wild and crazy sketches for you after the break that I hammered out on the road trip....are we there yet?
HAPPY THANKSGIVING EVERYONE!
These little studies are to expand my range and handling of female faces. I used pictures of Ashwaria Rai, a bollywood actress. All are freehand and use 3 values. They took about 10 minutes each.
I've been doing some studies of John Singer Sargent and here I'm trying to apply those lessons here (no reference used, just wanted to see how I would do without it).
- keep the soft face and take down the contrast
- don't over-detail, especially the hair and clothes
- vibrant highlights, range of colors in the skin
- at the end EDIT down!
I'm also experimenting with brushes to get my skin more buttery and oil-painty. I think this may be my favorite so far. It's the ragged round brush (#1) from Marta Dahlig's skin brushes.
You can download them here:
Study of John Singer Sargent's "Ena and Betty, Daughters of Asher and Mrs. Wertheimer" , using the old master technique
I'm not sure if this is Ena or Betty but it was fun. Below are the WIPS to show you what I did. I think I still need to hit a few higher lights to get more of a dynamic range. The lips are toned down as well, I just was feeling the natural look. Not to shoot myself in the foot, but I am also noticing more green showing through JSS's portrait and brighter colors. My goal on this study, though, was to work towards capturing the elegant simplifying of values and shapes, and the buttery skin texture.
Apologies for all the little sketches. I haven't done any finished pieces in awhile. I am gearing up for a big personal series, hopefully in oil paint so Im working on sketches for that. Until then, trying to keep sharp with the little bits of time I can grab for myself. I'll admit, I did color pick for this one but I really didn't have a whole lot of time to do it in (30 minutes) and I mainly wanted to concentrate on the structure and volume more. I used "Marlow" from Shaddy's brush set (http://www.shaddyconceptart.com/download) for most of the stuff. and a scatterbrush to punch in the tree, ok and an airbrush for some atmosphere.
I was in the mood to do a face so I pulled up a random celeb. I used her pic as reference for the first 50% and then kind of went on my merry way, not worrying about if it looked exactly like her. I wasn't happy at all with my first try so I did a second session. I can sometimes suffer from weak brushstrokes and rely on low opacity too much so I upped the opacity to 70% for the second try and tried to keep the strokes decisive. I also used a scatterbrush for the hair to set the texture apart. I should probably be more careful about lighting, as I made some up at the end, but I just wanted to have fun...Hey, at least she doesn't look like a warning poster for cosmetic surgery anymore!
Francoise Nielly has been my obsession lately, I almost want to learn french just to be able to read her website. I was surprised to find out she was an unassuming-looking middle aged lady who wears glasses, I would have assumed she was a young 25 year old man who hit new york clubs a lot or something. I dont know, I suppose people say the same thing about me. Anyway, back to my hero worship...I just want to have an affair with one of her paintings, any of them. I thought i'd take 15 minutes and splash some bright pixels around just to pretend i'm her. I happened to have a textured pastelly brush loaded. It can't compete with the buttery seductiveness of a palette knife and oil paint but it was sure fun!
If you want to learn more about Francoise Nielly google her, she's hot and happening so the world doesn't need another reblog of her background or bio. Here are a few of her images below:
Sorry for the little haitus, i've been traveling. It's so amazing to be back home in Pennsylvania and have seasons again! Fall is my favorite too, so here is a little landscape study that I did in about 30 minutes in Photoshop. I used a scatter brush for most of it and then finished with a textured pastel brush. I just found the reference image on the internet, I dont have the copyright fyi.
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