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fredlovebot
02-23-2006, 02:14 PM
Hello people!
After working a bit with figure drawing I wanted to practice painting portraits. So I set as a goal to paint atleast 1 portrait each day for 5 days. I used reference photo for all the pieces. Here's the result :)
Sorted by date, starting with the oldest.

http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e306/gorgnut/BM.jpg
Above: Bill Murray, one of my favorite actor :) Spent around 1h on this one but im not really happy how it turned out (eyes and other facial features not lined up properly)

http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e306/gorgnut/angryman.jpg
Above: Around 30mins, kinda sketchy and didn't turn out how I wanted it, decided to keep it since I feel it has some character.

http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e306/gorgnut/davec.jpg
Above: Portrait of Dave Chappelle. This one I'm kinda happy with, spent around 1h on it. Made it as a birthday gift for a friend :)

http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e306/gorgnut/indianboy.jpg
Above: Around 45 mins, reference photo was a younger man and I hope I caught the age somewhat right by making the skin smooth.

http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e306/gorgnut/girl.jpg
Above: Around 45mins, same as above trying to make the skin 'smooth'.

Comments and critics are more then welcome! :wip:

Rebeccak
02-23-2006, 02:36 PM
Hiya gorgnut, :)

Good to see these studies! Did you mind if I changed the name of your thread to Anatomy Thread of gorgnut? Then you could feel free to post your other work here as well. :)

I think these studies are a good start ~ I wonder if you would benefit also from doing smaller pencil / sketchbook studies of heads in different positions ~ have you seen Lyneran's thread? Some great studies there, which is a good example. :)

Great to see your stuff!

Cheers, :)

~Rebeccak

fredlovebot
02-23-2006, 02:40 PM
Hi Rebecca :)
Thanks for the comments! Sure, you can change the thread name, I can't promise to keep it updated though.

Nope, haven't tried that, but I'm sure going to! I will check out Lyneran's thread aswell, thanks for the tip!

Rebeccak
02-23-2006, 02:45 PM
gorgnut,

No problem, it just helps keep threads organized. :)

Were these done for a class, or just on your own?

Cheers, :)

~Rebeccak

fredlovebot
02-23-2006, 04:23 PM
Just for my own. The art class at school is only once a week and most people only choosed it cause they didn't find another subject. So we will only scratch the surface of art, testing out oils etc etc. However, sometime this spring we will get a chance to do a 'free' image completly on our own which will be intresting :)

Rebeccak
02-23-2006, 05:10 PM
Great to see you have your own initiative, then! :thumbsup:

Looking forward to seeing your other work. You're more than welcome to post your Beginner's Lounge and OFDW pieces here as well, as a sort of record of your progress. :)

Cheers, :)

~Rebeccak

fredlovebot
03-06-2006, 07:20 PM
Alright, I'm not totally abandoning this thread, here's a little digital self portrait.
I look way to serious, I'm not a serious person. Really. :D

http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e306/gorgnut/random%20doodles/dgsp4.png

erilaz
03-15-2006, 06:46 AM
As i said in IRC gorg, that portrait is kickass! :buttrock:

Can't wait for montreal!

Rebeccak
03-15-2006, 01:27 PM
I agree ~ when do we get to see more work like it? :)

Cheers,

~Rebeccak

Ego
03-16-2006, 05:10 PM
:thumbsup: Very interesting stuff happening here. That self portrait is definitely you. You see, practice is a good thing. Now kick it up a notch and rejoin the sketchathon, chop chop :D

fredlovebot
03-16-2006, 06:19 PM
Thanks buddies! :)
Update-e-do! Portrait of a friend. Special thanks goes out to Elsie and Queensoul for all the comments and crits! :)

http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e306/gorgnut/lala.jpg

Rebeccak
03-18-2006, 01:52 PM
Hey, it's great to see your new work, gorg! Keep going with these, they really have a nice touch. :) It would be nice to see you develop this last one further.

Cheers, :)

~Rebeccak

fredlovebot
04-09-2006, 11:11 PM
New self portrait, now with new haircut and evil grim! ;P
Just a quickie.

http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e306/gorgnut/CA%20sketchbook/sp2.jpg

Rebeccak
04-09-2006, 11:12 PM
Gorg,

Judging from the evil grin, I think you and Martin should get along just fine. :D

erilaz
04-10-2006, 12:04 AM
Gorg,

Judging from the evil grin, I think you and Martin should get along just fine. :D

Hey! I... Oh, who am I kidding, she's right. :beer:

Rebeccak
05-07-2006, 05:24 PM
Gorg,

Here is an acrylic painting tutorial which may be of some use to you:

http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showthread.php?t=247366

Cheers, :)

~Rk

Rebeccak
06-01-2006, 03:56 AM
Gorg ~

Thanks to QS, I found this:

http://www.atelierstockholm.se/

Cheers,

~Rk

umbrellasky
06-01-2006, 10:53 AM
Hiya great thread, some really interesting portraits! Nice work!

fredlovebot
06-01-2006, 02:38 PM
Thanks for the links Becca! Looks like an awesome school, but it's expensive, close to $9700 a year. I'm still going to look it up though!

enialadam: Thanks! I might decide to put up some more recent work later today, will be a quite big update then :]

Rebeccak
06-03-2006, 06:36 PM
Originally posted by gorgnut: enialadam: Thanks! I might decide to put up some more recent work later today, will be a quite big update then :]
Ahem? :D Show us the money!

fredlovebot
06-17-2006, 09:20 PM
I'm afraid Rebeccak will hit me if i dont post something :blush:

http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e306/gorgnut/CA%20sketchbook/creature3_2-copy6.jpg

Rebeccak
06-17-2006, 10:14 PM
gorg! Go to bed. ;)

Hey, your skills made a big leap thanks to the Workshop! :thumbsup: A little addition to the anatomy and I think this guy could really be great: :)

http://i23.photobucket.com/albums/b380/rebeccak5/Anatomy%20Thread%20of%20gorgnut/gorg_Rev02_small.gif

Link to larger guy: http://i23.photobucket.com/albums/b380/rebeccak5/Anatomy%20Thread%20of%20gorgnut/gorg_Rev02.jpg

Hope this helps! :)

Cheers,

~Rebeccak

fredlovebot
06-26-2006, 01:48 PM
Recent stuff.


http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e306/gorgnut/CA%20sketchbook/creature3_fixing-copy.jpg


Another creature doodle. No ref, so anatomy is probably off.
http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e306/gorgnut/CA%20sketchbook/creature4-copy-7.jpg


Self portrait. Ref used for the face, shading/lightning was done freehand (flash from the camera pretty much takes away all the value)
http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e306/gorgnut/CA%20sketchbook/sp7_backup-copy-2.jpg

Comments and crits are always welcome :scream:

Rebeccak
06-26-2006, 04:52 PM
gorg,

I'd love to see more digital pieces of this quality:


http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e306/gorgnut/random%20doodles/dgsp4.png

This along with your painting of model Ben Miller is some of your best work...I'd like to see you continue working in that vein, and continuing to improve digitally.

Cheers, :)

~Rebeccak

Rebeccak
06-29-2006, 07:35 PM
Gorg! Call the school! :wise:

Cheers, ;)

~mom

umbrellasky
06-29-2006, 07:39 PM
I love the colours in that painting in the middle of your last post! Lovely work!

fredlovebot
07-10-2006, 01:18 PM
Thanks for checking up on me now and then mom... err Rebecca ;)
Thanks for the comment enialadam! :love: :D


Here's some crappy attempt of doing acrylic painting. It's fun though ^^
I'm always open for crits and comments, I would be more than happy to go back to these pieces and refine them.

http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e306/gorgnut/CA%20sketchbook/gorgfruits.jpg

Rebeccak
07-10-2006, 07:23 PM
Heya gorg,

I took the liberty of playing a bit with some of the colors in your piece, I hope this helps: :)

http://i23.photobucket.com/albums/b380/rebeccak5/Anatomy%20Thread%20of%20gorgnut/gorg_Rev03.gif

The main thing to remember when painting is to really play up those basic complementary colors ~ red and green being the most obvious here. Introduce a desaturated and darkened complementary color as the shadow color of an object ~ so if you're painting a red apple, use a dark desaturated green as a shadow color, and vice versa.

Also, wherever you have a dark edge, such as the edge of the apple, make sure that a lighter background edge touches it and defines it. The same if you have a light edge of an object, make the background behind that darker. Otherwise you don't bring the object out as against it's background.

An artist who uses pink / green combinations to great effect is Skip / Malcolm Liepke:

http://www.usartists.org/art/liepke.jpg

http://www.dianenelson.com/dnfagallery/1101-liepkeshow/liepke/images/morningrise/morningrise.jpg

http://www.gallerym.com/pixs/artists/liepke/images/in_her_arms.jpg

http://www.audrey-kawasaki.com/journal/liepke5.jpg

Definitely check out his work! :)

Cheers,

~Rebeccak

fredlovebot
08-13-2006, 05:07 PM
Portrait of LoTekK, acrylics 80x40cm.
Sort of my first try trying to render skintones, it's a tough one!

http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e306/gorgnut/CA%20sketchbook/teckportrait-sm-1.jpg

Cyanid
08-13-2006, 09:46 PM
yo gorg!

good to see traditional works here!
Im too scared to go traditional...
nice use of two point light. Keep it up

-Cya

Mu
08-14-2006, 08:08 AM
Hi gorg!

nice to see you are taking on the traditional world! LoTekk's portrait is already looking great man, must be interesting to see what happens digitally when you explored real life acrylics.

Do report!

:D

:thumbsup:

fredlovebot
10-01-2006, 06:33 PM
Ok, time to dump of some stuff.

http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e306/gorgnut/CA%20sketchbook/for_cgs_final_sm.jpg
http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e306/gorgnut/CA%20sketchbook/final_poop-copy.jpg
http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e306/gorgnut/CA%20sketchbook/mahhomeboy2.jpg
http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e306/gorgnut/CA%20sketchbook/klart.jpg
http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e306/gorgnut/CA%20sketchbook/blah-007_better.jpg
http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e306/gorgnut/CA%20sketchbook/spnude00012.jpg
http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e306/gorgnut/CA%20sketchbook/crappypage1.jpg
http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e306/gorgnut/CA%20sketchbook/boobies1.jpg
http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e306/gorgnut/CA%20sketchbook/poopie3.jpg
http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e306/gorgnut/CA%20sketchbook/moarpoop1.jpg

NR43
10-01-2006, 06:51 PM
Hey man,
interesting stuff you got here...
looking forward to see more :D

fredlovebot
11-06-2006, 08:40 PM
Newest to oldest.

http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e306/gorgnut/CA%20sketchbook/spnov5_2_final-copy.jpg

http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e306/gorgnut/CA%20sketchbook/spoct31.jpg

http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e306/gorgnut/CA%20sketchbook/sp4novfinsh-copy-2.jpg

http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e306/gorgnut/CA%20sketchbook/spnov2finish-copy-2.jpg

http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e306/gorgnut/CA%20sketchbook/spyoyo7-copy.jpg

http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e306/gorgnut/CA%20sketchbook/moleskine-002.jpg

http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e306/gorgnut/CA%20sketchbook/tweakienipple.jpg

Rebeccak
11-07-2006, 02:24 PM
gorg,

Looks like you're improving a lot, and it's nice to see the variety here. My main concern is that you have enough of the type of work the schools to which you will be applying are looking for. Have you ever shown your work to a representative of a school? They would be best able to steer you in the right direction. :)

fredlovebot
11-07-2006, 06:41 PM
Thanks for stopping by becca. Talked to my old art teacher some time ago and said that art schools generally look for a well defined style in a students work (which i dont have at all ^^ )

Here's a little play around on the latest sp.
http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e306/gorgnut/CA%20sketchbook/traininvain.jpg

fredlovebot
11-10-2006, 03:51 PM
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http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e306/gorgnut/CA%20sketchbook/spnov9finish2-copy.jpg
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Rebeccak
11-11-2006, 05:35 PM
gorg,

It would be really nice to see you take at least one of these digital paintings to the next level in terms of finish - the experimentation is great, but don't put expressionism over form - let's see you refine at least one of these. :)

NR43
11-11-2006, 06:40 PM
old art teacher some time ago and said that art schools generally look for a well defined style in a students work

you must have a well defined style before they will even concider teaching?? how vain is that omg (or am I missing something here...)

fredlovebot
11-11-2006, 07:29 PM
Thanks for the input becca. You know I'm the little impaitent kid as always ;)

About the whole art school thing; There are several art schools in the country. There are a few preparatory schools which have courses running for around 1-2 years. This is probably what im looking into studying next year. Then there is the "real" artschools, which are pretty much 3-5 years. Some are more well defined programs, like Graphics Design/Illustration (gives you a Bachelor/Master in Fine arts design or something like that), and others are more free'er programs with alot of own projects.

Currently I'm most intrested in studying graphics design/illustration program. It is really hard to get into these two schools i've been looking at. One is 1 spot/10 applying and the other one is 1/15. The average age seems to be around 25 of those who get in an most people have a background at a preparatory school.

About the well defined style before getting in; I don't think the preparatory school is looking for a really defined style, but rather a proof that you can develop new skills etc etc. The design/illustrations schools probably look for a well defined style. The whole "style issue" is a problem considering I picked up the pencil the first time 2 years ago, and drawn/painted seriously less than one year. I just want way more time experimenting.. :/

Fwee, that was long :p. But yeah, im rooting for the preparatory school. 1 year in art school will probably be enough to make up my own mind if i want to spend 5 years more in it.

To close this long post up, I give you an update on my latest piece, which maybe a little more well defined ;)

http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e306/gorgnut/CA%20sketchbook/spnov9finish3-copy.jpg

Rebeccak
11-11-2006, 07:51 PM
Gorg,

At least back in the old days when I was applying to colleges ;) the school reps always liked to see finished work in a series. My suggestion is to come up with a theme and create a series of 8-10 pieces based around that theme. It can be anything, really, but you'd want to include a mix of figures / objects in some sort of narrative. I think you're starting to do some really nice work with acrylics and I would recommend creating acrylic pieces on illustration board.

What do you think?

fredlovebot
11-12-2006, 12:41 PM
That's a sweet idea becca! Thanks!

In the meanwhile, here's some more shit :]

http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e306/gorgnut/CA%20sketchbook/spnov12_2-copy.jpg

Rebeccak
11-12-2006, 01:56 PM
Well, it doesn't seem like 'shit', but I think what you might consider doing is doing digital comps for your traditional series - nothing elaborate, just sketch out your ideas compositionally after choosing your theme.

What you may want to do is write out a description of the theme - choose something that will give you enough latitude, think of it as coming up with your own Challenge theme - and create 8-10 digital compositional sketches based around that, which you will use as a basis to create a traditional series. I think that these exercises you are doing are great, but I'm not sure they will get you into the schools you want to get into - you should really check with these places to find out if they will look at digital work at all (I doubt it).

-Mom

fredlovebot
11-19-2006, 09:01 PM
Trying out oils for the second time, i like!

http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e306/gorgnut/CA%20sketchbook/spoil-0032.jpg

Rebeccak
11-19-2006, 09:10 PM
Damn, gorg, that is really nice. :) You should definitely do a series of portraits like this - first your family...then your friends...then your town. ;)

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