Pastel portrait Ann Amery, silent film actress.

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Hey people, continuing my silent film actress series. I’ll be doing around ten to fifteen portraits and then will be selling them on Ebay.  I’m still slapping down paint on my portrait painting, I still didn’t make it past the under painting, so that means my painting is staring at me from the corner saying, “What did you do to me.” Oil painting is some times like sky diving without a parachute and your desperately looking for a good place to land, where it won’t hurt quite so much. No, no, serious now, I have everything under control. Its not just a portrait painting though, to be honest I threw in a raven and a foggy background, because ravens and foggy backgrounds are cool, just like bow-ties and cowboy hats.

Thanks for looking in and stay cool baby,

Bill

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Silent film actress Maud Feally Portrait.

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Continuing the silent film actress series, heres another portrait from the beautiful Maud Feally. I tried something different on this one, I rendered the face in detail and suggested the other parts. So far I got a very positive reaction to this one. Now that I finished my last painting, “The First Sword of Braavos” I started a portrait, but I won’t be showing any work-in-progress shot because I believe it takes something away from the final reveal. Oh well, on to the next one.

Thanks for looking in,

Bill

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The First Sword of Braavos, oil painting.

 

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“The first sword of Braavos does not run.” When I read that passage in the first book of the Games of Thrones series this character captured my imagination. As a boy I ate up the Three Musketeers. I would make wooden swords and my sister and I would play sword fight. I pictured Syrio Forell almost as an older D’Artagnan, proud and intelligent. I painted this in just over two months and I learned quite a bit, it is also the biggest and complexest painting that I painted so far. I also gained quite a bit of confidence in myself while painting this.

”Thanks for looking in and stay hungry,

Bill

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Gabriella Ray Portrait, silent movie actress series.

 

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Hi people, heres another portrait in my silent movie actress series. I figured out how to lay the basic textures in pastel and then go over it with colored pencils. I am able to work up the detail very quickly. I’ll probably be able to show my last painting next week. I think I should be getting done with it this week, that is if nothing comes in between.

Thanks for looking and stay busy,

Bill

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Portrait Maude Fealy, the first in a silent movie actress series.

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I’m Starting a silently film actress series of drawings. This is the first in the series, the actresses name is Maude Fealy. These will be done in Pastels and the fine details in colored pencils. I have about two more weeks of work on my swordsman painting. I’m working on skin tones and highlights now so progress is picking up. I still need to work on the footpath leading into the city.

Thanks for stopping by and stay healthy,

Bill

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Pastel Drawing- Gibson Girl.

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I confess, I’m a sucker for Victorian / Edwardian women. I don’t know there is just something about the dress and hair styles from that time that I really find attractive. Ok, I bared my soul here. I’m thinking about making a Facebook account for my art, but I first have to get my Portfolio up to snuff. This will take a few months, I’m closing in on the ending of my last painting and thinking about doing a portrait next.

Thanks for looking in and stay postive,

Bill

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First sword of Bravos detail – WIP

Detail swordsman first pass  So here is the first pass of the swordsman that I’m painting. I’m having problems taking pictures of this piece, because my shadow regions tend to reflect strange. Does anybody know of a tut or info I could look at about photographing your art work? I read the Muddy colors post from Dan Santos but I just don’t have the money to invest in a lighting system, so I usually depend on natural sun light. I have a corner of in our house that usually has just the right conditions to take a pictures, but this one is a difficult nut to crack. If anyone has suggestion I would really appreciate a comment.

I still need to glaze over this more and deepen the shadows and bring out the highlights. I would say I just entered stage 4 of my painting process, where the painting and I start finding our way back to each other. Its sort of a love – hate relationship.

Thanks in advance and stay clean,

Bill

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Changing mediums.

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After working in one medium for a while I like to step back and change mediums. Either doing a drawing after working for a while in oils or I’ll take a week off and work on a sketch in artrage. I then go back to my main project and feel better or invigorated and have a fresh eye for what I am painting. These aren’t meant to be finished pictures just sort of a break for my brain to look at something else after spending days on the same picture.

Next week I’ll show my progress on The First sword of Bravos, I am slowly but surely coming into stage 4 of the painting, where we meet up and both the painting and me are starting come to terms with each other.

Thanks for looking in,

Bill

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WIP-The first sword of Bravos.

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Hey people, heres what I’m working on at the moment. My first night time scene, and let me tell you not easy and one can’t take a decent photo of it either. I still have a lot of work on this. This will probably be one of those pieces that you look back after a year and cringe and ask yourself what you were thinking about. I guess you learn something with every painting. This is my usual process during painting a picture:

  1. I am in love with the idea and gather reference and make drawings, “This will be my best painting EVER.”
  2. Ok, the cold reality sets in, “This will be a lot of work,” the under painting doesn’t look like what I was thinking of.
  3.  Its ok, there are some parts of the painting that I like, but the other parts, the painting glares at me from the corner asking, “How could you do this to me?”
  4. Me and the painting find a way to each other and in the end we both are happy with the outcome.

Basically I wanted to make the character the central point in the painting, so I have to put a lot of effort in to rendering him. I am at about point 3 right now and waiting patiently for point 4 to set in.

Thanks for stopping by and taking a look,

Bill

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Painting and drawing reference sites.

 

If you are anything like me, you don’t have the money to spend on models to get the right pose for your next drawing or painting. Luckily we have the Internet and it’s wealth of resources available to use. Now I’m not saying you should just rip-off any hard working artist of photographer to get your picture, but there are sites and people out there who try to help out. I’m just going to list a few of my favorites here:

The legendary Senshistock from deviantart.

Now  she has been around for a while, but she buts her soul into her poses. You need a pose, gesture or need inspiration on what to draw next, she has got a wealth of poses. She also has links to other deviants (that is what we call ourself at deviantart) who do poses and resource work for stock or reference. All ways give credit or drop her a line when you use her work and link back to your painting or drawing.

On air or Croquis Cafe.

This one has quite a few picture of gestures that are ideal if your doing anatomy studies. Warning the people are all naked for the those people that are uncomfortable with see people how god made them. I’ve used these for paintings before, they have a lot of quality poses. They also state on there site you can use these for any purpose commercial or personal.

Pixabay

Looking for a picture for your next portrait or a picture of an elephant or wasp for reference? This is a good place to look, though you have to watch out because they also have pictures that are not free-to-use. Read the fine print.

Photos4artists

Looking for reference of an old city, country or sea side, this is the place. all the photos are free to use how ever you want to.

Morguefile

Looking for high resolution stock photos for your illustration, comp or design needs? Search morgueFile for free reference images. Yes, they’re all completely free.

 

So thats it for now, I hope I could help someone. I know one doesn’t all ways have the time to go for a walk with a camera and take your own pictures. And a lot of time the thing being photographed doesn’t always cooperate.

So, take it easy and keep your pencils sharp,

Bill

 

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