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Old 11 November 2005   #16
From a photo ref of Hong Ly's website.

 
Old 12 December 2005   #17
Sinterklaas and skulls

Something quite funny happened today. On monday, December 5th, it's "Sinterklaas" in the Netherlands. Sinterklaas is curious mix between a Turkish bishop and good ol' Santa Claus from the North Pole. The festival is mostly for little children and on that day, in the early evening, they get presents and candy.

But teens still like to celebrate it too. The fun part for them is now that they can give presents instead of being only on the receiving end. These present usually get wrapped up in very creative ways, and in the case of my daughters, are not always very pleasant to unwrap (but that's the fun part!) and are accompanied by poems, pointing out the perculiarities of the person receiving the present.

In most Dutch families, people make a list of presents they would like to receive and then draw lots and exchange lists. Not in our family. Everybody buys presents for everybody and half of the fun is trying to figure out what each family member would like to have.

My daughters have of course noticed I spend a great deal of time on the anatomy forum, heard me rant that I'm no good at all with bones and muscles and also heard me mumble something about wanting to do an oilpainting of one of the reference photo's.

Today was shopping day. More fun, because you have to somehow manage to buy presents without the rest of the family noticing you are doing it. While we were in town, we passed THE art supplies shop and I was about to enter the shop, saying that I wanted to buy a canvas for that oilpainting (and sneek in a present for my daughters), when my youngest daughter created a diversion. To me a signal my eldest was up to something ( a canvas perhaps?), so I took the bait and wondered with glee how on earth she was going to hide a 60 by 80 centimeter canvas. They had casually quizzed me on how large I thought this painting was going to be.

We agreed to meet at 5 at the expressobar. Patricia, my eldest, had no visible canvas. When we got home, suddenly the both of them rushed out again, saying they had forgot to buy something for a friend. 15 minutes later they returned. I pretended to be very busy cooking and not to see the large rectanglar, thin packet they where trying to hide, but I saw anyway... While they manoeuvered the thing upstairs, something dropped from Patricia's handbag. A book. Maybe I should have pretended I didn't see that either, but ah... I guess I'm a little curious. I picked up the book at the same moment the ladies came rushing downstairs again.

It was Anatomy and Figure Drawing and Drawing the Human Head by Louis Gordon.

"Nice book, can't recall having seen it in this house before" I said.

I half expected a fib to explain what this book was doing there, only to find it wrapped in some cotuonwool drenched in treacle on December 5. But no, they had run out of excuses and confessed that this was their present for me.

And so now I have run out of excuses too. After all this, I can't really NOT do anatomy drawings and work from the book front to back. The price tag was still on it, it cost them 15 euro, a lot of money for them. Isn't that just the sweetest thing of them to be so supportive of my artistic endeavours?

I like the book a lot. I like the delicate and clear drawings and I couldn't resist starting on the first drawing right away. It's still a WIP, and this is what ot looks like after an hour (or two).

 
Old 12 December 2005   #18
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Margie,

That is just the sweetest and most touching story...thank you for sharing it with all of us!
It sounds as though with your lovely family, you have a really charmed life, and it is fantastic to hear a bit about it! I seriously have a little water in my eye after reading this for the second time...

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My daughters have of course noticed I spend a great deal of time on the anatomy forum, heard me rant that I'm no good at all with bones and muscles and also heard me mumble something about wanting to do an oilpainting of one of the reference photo's.

This made me lol!

You also have a great start on your drawing ~ and I really look forward to seeing what your next update will be.

Happy Sinterklaas!

Here is some yummy pepernoten!



Cheers,

~Rebeccak
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Old 12 December 2005   #19

Is this the same margie from the Laborganika forums?

Nice work!
Keep it up.
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Old 12 December 2005   #20
Aww...thanks for the pepernoten! They are my most favorite "Sinterklaas" treat.
I didn't mention them, because I'm not sure if these Dutch treats are known in the rest of the world. But then again, if the Dutch emigrate, it's guaranteed they bring along the pepernoten, oliebollen (doughnutty things eaten at new years' eve) and erwtensoep (peasoup).
 
Old 12 December 2005   #21
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Originally Posted by pushav

Is this the same margie from the Laborganika forums?


Yup!

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Nice work!
Keep it up.


Thanks! Well, I'll have to, don't I? Can't disappoint my girls.
 
Old 12 December 2005   #22
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Margie,

If it weren't for CGTalk, pepernoten would have remained forever unknown to me. However, since joining up, I've been fortunate enough to have corresponded with cool people from nearly everywhere on the planet, including this wacky guy named Marlon/Art2 who is responsible for my hilarious avatar which you see at left. He introduced us to pepernoten, so he deserves credit for expanding my knowledge of international treats and holidays.

Speaking of shopping, I need to get my buns in gear for Christmas, which is fast approaching...I'm horrid at shopping, I always wait until the day before Christmas Eve, so this year I vow to be better!

Have a great one!

Cheers,

~Rebeccak
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Old 12 December 2005   #23
Update: Well, I got my canvas for Sinterklaas, after the "empty box" surprise. Explanation:

The empty box surprise:

The empty box surprise is.... an empty box, with a note sending the receiver to some place in the house (usually something obnoxious like the gardenshed), to find the REAL present. Of course, once there, you find.... an empty box containing a note, sending you off to the closet under the stairs, only to find...an empty box sending you to the attic...only to find....etc.
The final note leads back to the living room. Your family tells you that while you were gone chasing presents, Sinterklaas has come and gone and left the present....in the place were you were previously sitting, together with some pepernoten strewn all over the place.

The real surprise was a present I didn't find out about beforehand. I got a lovely sketchbook with a heavy grade Ingres paper from Marijke (pronounced Ma-ray-kuh), my youngest daughter and a splendid set of Rembrandt oilpaints from the man of the house.

I'm much better with traditional media (more and longer practise) and made two pencil drawings in my new sketchbook, but I can't show them because we haven't got a scanner at this monent. I was going to get one, but everytime I try, someone is doing his or her best to stop me. Think they're up to something for Christmas?

Last edited by Margie : 12 December 2005 at 06:09 PM.
 
Old 12 December 2005   #24
Talking Mastercopy

Copy of a study for Hylas and the Nymphs by J.W. Waterhouse.

Original:

http://www.jwwaterhouse.com/view.cfm?recordid=17

 
Old 12 December 2005   #25
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Margie,

I really, really like this copy! What medium did you use?

Cheers,

~Rebeccak
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Old 12 December 2005   #26
Rebecca, thanks! It's digital. I don't know if photoshop has this, but Paintshop Pro also has a paint engine immitating traditional media. The oils are lousy, but the chalks and pencils are pretty good.

What I do is start a sketch on a traditional media layer with coloured pencils/chalks/pastels.

Then I add a raster(bitmap) layer, which gives me the standard digital tools and block in the values at low opacity with airbrush and a custom brush I made with a lot of grey values (very transparent).

Then I add another traditional media layer and work out the details and textures.

I'm really pleased to hear you like it. This copy was sparked by something I read about Picasso. As you undoubtely know, the man could draw like a god. He said he could draw like Raphael when he was 8 (!) and said that it is a very good idea to do as many copies as you can of an artist one likes best, because that will teach you the visual language of that artist and once understood, becomes part of your own style.

I admire many, many artists, but for myself, I would like to have a style which is close (but not quite the same) to a mix of Waterhouse, Bougereau, Degas, Alan Lee and a Dutch painter and graphic artist Anton Pieck
Ermm...yes, very romantic and mythical.
I'm not going to argue with Picasso and took his advice. I noticed I'm very much more motivated and concentrated when I copy one of these favourites of mine.

Working on Waterhous' "Mermaid" right now.
 
Old 12 December 2005   #27
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Margie,

Sounds like a great approach! I checked out the artist you linked, and his work is quite beautiful ~ I can see why you admire him. Thanks also for describing your process, that's very helpful! Looking forward to seeing your next study.

Cheers,

~Rebeccak
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Old 12 December 2005   #28
Some anatomical studies from Louise Gordon's book




 
Old 12 December 2005   #29
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Oh, really nice! That's definitely her style! Good to see these!

Cheers,

~Rebeccak
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Old 12 December 2005   #30
Thought I'd show the halfway-stage I described above. Before I begin the shading with black/white and 3 greys, I greyscale the reference and then reduce the levels to 5.

Copy from A Mermaid by J.W. Waterhouse.

Original:
http://www.johnwilliamwaterhouse.co...inting1391.aspx

 
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