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02-23-2006, 03:14 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.

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)

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.

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 :)

Above: Around 45 mins, reference photo was a younger man and I hope I caught the age somewhat right by making the skin smooth.

Above: Around 45mins, same as above trying to make the skin 'smooth'.

Comments and critics are more then welcome! :wip:

02-23-2006, 03:36 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, :)


02-23-2006, 03:40 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!

02-23-2006, 03:45 PM

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

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

Cheers, :)


02-23-2006, 05:23 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 :)

02-23-2006, 06:10 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, :)


03-06-2006, 08:20 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


03-15-2006, 07:46 AM
As i said in IRC gorg, that portrait is kickass! :buttrock:

Can't wait for montreal!

03-15-2006, 02:27 PM
I agree ~ when do we get to see more work like it? :)



03-16-2006, 06:10 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

03-16-2006, 07:19 PM
Thanks buddies! :)
Update-e-do! Portrait of a friend. Special thanks goes out to Elsie and Queensoul for all the comments and crits! :)


03-18-2006, 02:52 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, :)


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


04-09-2006, 11:12 PM

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

04-10-2006, 12:04 AM

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:

05-07-2006, 05:24 PM

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


Cheers, :)


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

Thanks to QS, I found this:




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

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 :]

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!

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


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: :)


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

Hope this helps! :)



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


Another creature doodle. No ref, so anatomy is probably off.

Self portrait. Ref used for the face, shading/lightning was done freehand (flash from the camera pretty much takes away all the value)

Comments and crits are always welcome :scream:

06-26-2006, 04:52 PM

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


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, :)


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

Cheers, ;)


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

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.


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: :)


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:





Definitely check out his work! :)



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!


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


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!



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


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

11-06-2006, 09:40 PM
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11-07-2006, 03:24 PM

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. :)

11-07-2006, 07:41 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.

11-10-2006, 04:51 PM


11-11-2006, 06:35 PM

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. :)

11-11-2006, 07:40 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...)

11-11-2006, 08:29 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 ;)


11-11-2006, 08:51 PM

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?

11-12-2006, 01:41 PM
That's a sweet idea becca! Thanks!

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


11-12-2006, 02:56 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).


11-19-2006, 10:01 PM
Trying out oils for the second time, i like!


11-19-2006, 10:10 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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