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Postby RichardDevine » Fri Feb 19, 2016 8:16 am

Work in Progress: Raine, Update 1
As I mentioned at the end of the last Update, I’m inclined to do another portrait. I bought a few varieties of pastel paper over the past few months, with the intent to see how I like them for pastel portrait work. The brands I purchased were Canson mi tientes pastel paper in a few different colors, U-Art 500 sanded pastel paper and Sennelier La Carte Pastel paper. I used the Canson to do the portrait of Peaches. This time I’m going to use the Sennelier pastel paper. Being a sanded paper, it is much rougher in texture, so I’m real interested in how different the experience will be. The paper I chose was sand color.
The portrait I’ll be working on is one of my granddaughter, Raine. I took the photo some years ago but the expression and pose, I think, are very natural, and wonderful for a portrait. I was drawn also to the way the wind had played with her hair. Although the face is in light shade, there is plenty of light to define her features, and I like the sharp contrast in light and shade as the sunlight catches her hair. I think the lights of her hair will look good against the darker color of the sanded pastel paper. I have a number of other photos to help with the details.
The size of the portrait will be 16” by 20” but I haven’t decided on horizontal or vertical format. I’m leaning toward horizontal.
The first step will be to place the figure on the paper, fix the topmost and bottommost points of the head and determine the angle between them. From there I’ll work out all the rest of the features. I’ll discuss the first steps next Update.
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Re: Work In Progress: Raine

Postby CarlOwen » Fri Feb 19, 2016 9:04 am

Looking forward to seeing this one come to life.
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Re: Work In Progress: Raine

Postby ehoeveler » Fri Feb 19, 2016 3:04 pm

You'll nail it. Looking forward. E
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Re: Work In Progress: Raine

Postby RichardDevine » Tue Mar 01, 2016 12:35 pm

Work In Progress: Raine, Update 2
I’m a little late on this installment. Had a number of other responsibilities to take care of, and they took priority this past week. One of these responsibilities had to do with art, but from a construction point of view. I’m in the process of making changes to a sun room that will transform it into a studio. The room faces the back yard with a view to the gardens along the west side of the property. The view is enhanced by almost continuous windows along a semicircular west wall. I think it will eventually prove to be a great environment in which to do my painting.

Now, on to Update 2.
The first step in this portrait is the size and placement of the head on the paper. Portraits are generally done life size or a bit smaller. I want the size of the portrait to be 16” high by 20” wide. Most of my portraits are a vertical format but the photo suggested a horizontal format and I’m intrigued by the idea. The wind is blowing the pony tails outward, making the shape of the head, including hair, more horizontal than vertical
I also don’t want to paint just the head. I want to include the neck and shoulder as well. I don’t want to give the impression of a free floating head in space, but rather the head is connected to a body, even though only a portion of the body is shown. Additionally, I don’t want the portrait to crowd the margins. I decided to leave two inches around all sides. That gave me 12 inches for the portrait and approximately 8 inches, or a bit less, for the head.
Using Photoshop Elements I determined the size photograph I would need so that the head on the photo would be one-half the final portrait size. That way, all measurements on the photo, doubled, would give me the final measurements for the portrait. Easy and convenient.

Steps to a likeness
I’m going to draw the portrait of Raine first on tracing paper. That way I can feel comfortable making the preliminary drawing with all it entails - making mistakes, adjusting, erasing and re-drawing lines (and starting over, if necessary) until I’m satisfied with the likeness. When I have a likeness, I can transfer it to the finish paper. No point in ruining a good sheet of pastel paper. I’ve broken down the portrait process into steps which work well for me and, if followed, can lead to a good likeness. The photos that accompany this discussion show the progression.

Step 1: Mark the location of the topmost point of the head and center of the chin.
I marked the topmost point of the head on the photo and marked the same point on the tracing paper. Next, knowing the length of the head I desired, I marked the level of the center of the chin on the tracing paper, and then marked the center point of the chin on the photo.
This next step is critical to the rest of the drawing. On the photo, I drew a line from the topmost point on the head to the center point of the chin. I then drew a line on the tracing paper at the same angle from the topmost point of the head to the line indicating the level of the chin. Where this line crossed the chin level line is the center point of the chin. It is important to get this angle correct because the placement of all points of the head are dependent on it.
Next, on the photo, I drew lines from the top of the head to the outside corners and inside corners of both eyes. On the drawing, I drew lines with the same angles, from the top point. To locate the position of the eyes, I measured, on the photo, the distance from the top reference point to the outside and inside corners of the eyes, then doubling this distance, located the position on the same lines on the drawing. I checked the angles and distances from the chin reference point to the corners of the eyes to make sure the eyes were located correctly. I also drew a line through the eyes on the photo and, noting the angle, duplicated it on the drawing. The angles and distances should match.
I repeated the same process with the outside corners of the mouth and the wings of the nose.
To further check the accuracy of the layout, the angles and distances between all the points established (eyes, mouth, nose, chin and top of head) can be measured and adjustments made until they all match the photo.

Step 2: Blocking in the head
After indicating the top of the head and the center of the chin, the location of the eyes , nose and mouth, the rest of the head can be roughly blocked in. Straight lines are used at first because they are easiest to draw with accuracy. One by one, I pick major points around the head and determine the angles and distances to them from the topmost point of the head. Using the center point of the chin, I repeat the same procedure and, by triangulation, the intersection of the angles from the two reference points (top of head and center of chin) indicate the location of the major points around the head. By sketching in lines connecting these points, I now have a rough (but fairly accurate) outline of the head.

I’ll stop at this point and in the next Update I’ll go on with refining this rough drawing to come up with a likeness.
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Re: Work In Progress: Raine

Postby RichardDevine » Sat Mar 05, 2016 11:03 am

Work In Progress: Raine, Update 3

Using the guidelines as I developed them in the last Update, I was able to rough in the facial features. At first I didn’t try for detail, just to get in the general shapes within the guides that I drew in. I was careful, though, to stay within those guides.
Doing the eyes first allowed me to use the inside and outside corners as additional reference points to draw in the wings of the nose. The center of the brow ridge also can serve as a good reference point, along with the top of the head and the center of the chin. The eye corners can also be used to check the mouth corners against the chin and head top reference points.
As I refined the facial features I slowly lightened or erased the guidelines.
The final stage of this rough in involved outlining the shaded areas. The shade forms also define the features of the face and can be used to check the placement of the eyes, nose and mouth. I found that with each stage in the refinement process, I made further adjustments in shape and placement of the features. To help draw in the shade outlines, I converted the original photo to black and white and strengthened the contrasts to simplify the shadow forms.
After the rough in, I went to work on details by looking closely at the reference photo and drawing them in. The more accurate I am in the pencil drawing, the better start I will have on the color stage. It’s a time consuming process for me, making little adjustments here and there, checking measurements and angles as I go, making additional adjustments. With each little change the likeness improves.

For me, and this particular portrait, the process of producing a pencil likeness was more difficult than others I have done. And I think the reason it was more difficult is that I’m not used to developing my pencil drawings on a vertical easel. I think I have a little less control of the pencil. I’m more used to working on an inclined drawing board, where I have more control and support. I had to redraw lines and check angles and distances more than I liked. Near the end of the refinement, I finally removed the drawing from the easel and finished it on my drawing board. Maybe with more practice I’ll get better at working vertically. I had no problems with the portrait of Peaches, and completed the whole portrait, from start to finish, on a vertical. Maybe I just wasn’t at my best this past week. Anyway, I had to work harder on Raine’s portrait.

Through continued checking of angles and distances I continued the adjustments and developed a good pencil likeness. The drawing is now ready for transfer to the final paper and I can begin the color stage.
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Re: Work In Progress: Raine

Postby CarlOwen » Sat Mar 05, 2016 11:25 am

Richard, thanks for sharing. Your explanation on this work is far more personal than any of your prior posts. It allows me to see into your mind about how you create and perceive you working's. I have learned much from you. I find it more difficult to do a portrait of family and friends than of strangers. I think it is more because of the emotional desire to be more accurate representing the persons closer to you than those who are not so much so. It is a pleasure to see how an artist of your caliber works at producing art.
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Re: Work In Progress: Raine

Postby RichardDevine » Sun Mar 06, 2016 9:28 am

Carl, I wanted everyone to know that I struggle with my art just like everyone else. Art can be easy sometimes but can be very hard and, at times, frustrating. We love it, enjoy it and get great satisfaction. But it can also be frustrating. We don't hear enough about that.
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Re: Work In Progress: Raine

Postby RichardDevine » Fri Mar 11, 2016 12:42 pm

Work In Progress: Raine, Update 4
The next step in the process is the transfer to the final paper. Rather than blacken the back of the drawing I elected to blacken one side of a separate sheet of tracing paper and use it to do the transfer. There are instances where the line work on the front side is not clearly visible when the back is blackened, and since accuracy is necessary, I didn’t want to take a chance on being able to follow the line work, I used a separate sheet. I also didn’t want to go over existing line work just to make it darker. In case it became necessary to re-draw the head, I didn’t want to make unnecessary and possibly detrimental marks on a drawing. I might want to use it again in the future.
Once the sheet of tracing paper was blackened on one side with an HB pencil, I slipped it between the drawing and the Sennelier pastel paper. I then carefully went over the lines with a ball point pen. The pen had no ink in it, so no lines were made on the drawing.
The first step in the creation of this portrait was to produce a line drawing in pastel. I re-drew the lines carefully with a CO burnt sienna pastel pencil and added shading. At this stage the main shade masses are indicated generally and done lightly.

The next step is stating the darks, mid tones and lights, again in general terms. I made no attempt to fill in solidly, just lightly and generally again. This step is to just map out the tones. I kept the darks a little lighter than in the photo, and the mid tones and lights a little lighter. That would enable me to go darker on the darks and lighter on the mid tones and lights as I progressed. This gave me some leeway in both directions.
First, I placed in the lighter of the darks in the face (shadows of the eye sockets, right lower cheek and chin, inner part of the left cheek, and neck) with CO burnt sienna. Next, I used CO bister very lightly for the darks in the hair and, even more lightly, on the lower part of the right cheek, the right eye socket and on the lower neck, near the blouse.
To give some definition to the mouth, I used CO bister for the interior of the mouth.
I will probably leave the remainder of the hair now until I get most or all of the face finished.
The mid tones begin at the edges of the shadows, separating the darks from the lights. I considered mid tones to be the forehead, outer part of the left cheek, upper right cheek near the nose, the nose and philtrum (area between the nose and upper lip), below the lower lip and down on to the chin, and the outer edge of the neck. For the base color of the mid tones I used FC light flesh.
The lights were done with FC ivory. Here I mapped out the far right side of Raine’s face and also the very edge of the neck just under the chin.

The lips were defined with FC medium flesh, FC dark red and FC ivory. The eyes were colored in with FC light ultramarine and FC chrome green opaque.

Now, I’ll go back to the face, re-state the darks, mid tones and lights and continue to refine the features.
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Re: Work In Progress: Raine

Postby RichardDevine » Fri Mar 18, 2016 6:19 pm

Work In Progress: Raine, Update 5
Over the past week I’ve continued to refine the facial features, building up color layers. I am not pushing very hard on the pastels. Very little pressure on the pencils. Laying in the color by very gently rubbing on the color, rather than rubbing in the color. This way I’m able to build up many, many layers. When I’m adding layers of color I hold the pencil at a very shallow angle. Actually rubbing on with the side of the point of the pencil. I use a mat knife to cut a very long point on the end of the pencil and keep it sharp with a single edge razor blade. I also work the pencil at steeper angles, also with a very sharp point, when I’m working details, but use the side of the pencil when blending larger areas where smoothness and gentle transition is necessary.
The colors I’m using for the face are PP light flesh, brown ochre, burnt ochre, cinnamon, burnt carmine, caput mortuum and raw umber. I’ve made some adjustments to the eyelids also. To knock down the brightness on the right cheek I used some brown ochre.
All along I’ve been looking at the face in isolation and wanted to get a feeling for the entire head, so I decided to place in the lights of the hair. At this point I’m not interested in detail, just block in the light masses. For this purpose I used CO 105 ivory and CO 692 golden ochre light.
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Re: Work In Progress: Raine

Postby www-ksart-se » Sat Mar 19, 2016 2:50 am

Looking good! Fun and useful to follow the progress. Thank for charing it.
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Re: Work In Progress: Raine

Postby cpking » Tue Mar 22, 2016 1:23 am

Very pretty character is being created excellent work.
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Re: Work In Progress: Raine

Postby RichardDevine » Fri Mar 25, 2016 8:57 am

Work In Progress: Raine, Update 6
During the past week I’ve brought this portrait much closer to completion. Much of the face is finished, save for small adjustments. I also finished most of the hair, again, save for adjustments. Some of the blouse has been blocked in roughly and color has been added to the arm.
The lights of the hair are predominantly CO 105 ivory and CO 692 golden ochre light. To get some of the darker shades I worked in CO 690 golden ochre, PP 180 raw umber and PP 182 brown ochre. CO 610 raw umber was worked into the darker shadows.
The hair colors were basically stroked in with a sharp point. This gives the feel of individual hair, as can be seen in the detail photo of the pigtail. It takes more time to do it this way, as I had to rotate through colors to build up layers to cover the paper. However, it gives a more real appearance in the end. Care has to be taken to get the curves of the hair masses smooth. Sometimes I would lay the pencil point down and draw out a long stroke. Other times I would stroke in shorter lines. I went back and forth with the colors, adding in darker ones, then putting in lighter colors. In the end I carefully added in errant hairs in mostly light colors. These stray hairs blown away from the masses, and sometimes going in different directions, added to the realism. I did have check often my placement and make sure I didn’t overdo it.
Working with CO 692 golden ochre light, PP 189 cinnamon, PP 132 light flesh, PP 283 burnt sienna and PP 180 raw umber I layered in the skin tones of the arm. The side of the pencil was used, with a light touch and a back and forth, as well a circular motion to build up color. I kept stepping back to look at the painting from a distance, assessing the general color and tone, then stepping back up and adding more color. In this way I slowly crept up on the color and tone so it appeared uniform.
CO 670 burnt sienna was used to get the warm, reddish color of the crease of the arm as it joins the shoulder. The darker shadows were accomplished with PP 187 burnt ochre and CO 610 raw umber.

I will have many more photos on my website later this weekend
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Re: Work In Progress: Raine

Postby CarlOwen » Fri Mar 25, 2016 9:33 am

Beautiful portrait drawing Richard. Now, some observations and suggestions. The eyes in the photo are ever so slightly a little more open than you have drawn. There is more light on top of the cheeks than you have rendered. Her right bottom cheek is a little lighter and fuller in the photo. The area defining the cheek just above her right lip corner is more curved in your drawing than in the photo. And there is more light on the nose bridge in the photo. I know you are still in process and I personally enjoy being educated and entertained with your posting of your developments. I find that sometimes I get trapped in the portrait I am working on into seeing a similarity to the point I believe I have captured the subject while in reality I missed just a little here and there all over the board to such an extent that I missed the person all together.
I hope you read my observations as helpful.
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Re: Work In Progress: Raine

Postby jenn_iam » Fri Mar 25, 2016 2:19 pm

You do hair so marvelously!!!!
May your world be painted in the Brightest of colors!

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Re: Work In Progress: Raine

Postby RichardDevine » Sat Mar 26, 2016 8:16 am

Thanks for the comments and analysis, Jenn and Carl. You are right, Carl, that I'm not yet finished and more adjustments will be made. You've given me some areas to look more carefully at and make adjustments to. I'm not so concerned by copying exactly the lighting that appears on the photo. I want to get a nice balance in my painting, even though it may not exactly replicate that of the photo. I am trying to get a good likeness, so something like a change in the fullness of the cheek or a crease around the mouth during a smile can have big consequences and I'll have to revisit those features. I have been making adjustments to the eyes and more needs to be done. I'm not so concerned with the amount the eyes are open but rather is the structure and shape of the eyes right. Does it look like her. Can she be recognized instantly. I have looked at other photos of Raine, checking the shape. I will have family members weigh in who are familiar with her. Thanks for pointing out some areas I need to look at more closely.

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Re: Work In Progress: Raine

Postby CarlOwen » Sat Mar 26, 2016 8:36 am

Thanks for your reply Richard. I am looking forward to seeing this little beauty finished.
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Re: Work In Progress: Raine

Postby RichardDevine » Mon Apr 04, 2016 10:18 am

Work In Progress: Raine, Update 7
Here is the completed Portrait of Raine. I made some adjustments and refinements in the painting. The area under the chin was darkened a little bit. I also made some small adjustments in the eyes, the width and size of the pupils. Small adjustments to the mouth. Also finished up the shirt. I purposely did not do a lot of detail work on the clothing, as I wanted to keep the emphasis on the face.

I found through the last two paintings that I like pastels very much and I probably will continue to work with pastels, especially pastel pencils more. It is a fabulous medium.
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Re: Work In Progress: Raine

Postby agnieszka » Tue Apr 12, 2016 4:27 am

Amazing art!
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Re: Work In Progress: Raine

Postby CarlOwen » Tue Apr 12, 2016 8:18 am

Very nice finish Richard. I believe you really got her. You know there is still two days left for you to enter this in the open 7 contest.
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Re: Work In Progress: Raine

Postby RichardDevine » Tue Apr 12, 2016 8:58 am

Think that's the one to enter?
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