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Discussion in 'Step by Step' started by Big John 1945, Jun 13, 2017.


  1. Big John 1945

    Big John 1945 Elite Member! Elite Member! Artist of the Month! Very Likeable!

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    Over the past month I have been following some threads here on the forum. The discussions were on synthetic paper,” Lifeline” paint, and fur and hair techniques among others. I mostly use Createx Illustration paint, Blair synthetic paper and have a learned technique I use for hair and fur.

    So I thought to myself, why not go out and buy some Yupo paper, some Lifeline paint and try some new ways of painting hair and fur.


    In the first two photos, I did my basic layout, covered most of the area with frisket to protect the areas from overspray and blocked in the eyes. IMG_1163.JPG

    The new Lifeline paints are mostly for skin tones so I had to use my create illustration paint for the hair. I mixed magenta and burnt umber and started layering the hair. I would normally use a blade to scratch in the hair but this time I used an aggressive erasure. I also used illustration black in between layers to give the hair richness and depth.


    The lips used the same paint as the hair with a touch of scarlet. The highlights on the lips used a burnt sienna because they will reflect the color of the hat soon to come. IMG_1166.JPG

    The next two photos I used my new Lifeline paint for her face. I used “Light natural, natural and Exspresso” right out of the bottle with maybe a drop or so of 4012 reducer. The pain flowed really well and the coverage was great. IMG_1168.JPG
    I reworked the eyes, added her eyebrows with some burnt umber. I then covered the eyes and hair with frisket to protect my work and misted “Deep Blush” over the whole face to warmify it.
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    Starting the fur hat, back to illustration paint, bright areas are yellow and burnt umber, then burnt umber and red violet, and last areas are orange and red violet. Using the new info I learned from the forum, I layered the fur at least four layers, using short strokes with the blade for scratching and then go over the whole area with a fiber pen. IMG_1172.JPG
    This new, to me, technique works really well and gives the fur a soft feel to it.

    I added the background using Sepia and black and used the same color to give the fur some depth.
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    More background work and making sure I protect her hand with frisket. I also went back and worked on her eyes and smoothed out her lower lip. Started working her neck using the Lifeline colors from her face but adding “deep expresso”
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    Finished her hand, added the chest area along with some highlights using “Deep blush”

    I liked the Yupo paper, it scratched and erased well, it is not quite up to the Blair synthetic paper but it is less costly. The new Createx Lifeline paints were great to work with and seemed to have a longer time to work regarding erasing. The new techniques I learned on the forum, I feel, really helped with the portrait. I mostly painted with my Iwata cm-sb but I did use my Iwata Eclipse for the background and some of her chest area. All in all it was fun trying new things and I call this portrait done. Let me know your thoughts.

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    Beautiful work!!!! We have a future PoM!!,


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    Love it!! Like all the info you put on each step!! Great work


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    Thank you for taking the time to do a step by step, it really does help those of us that are still working up to doing portraits. I'm also glad you found some new information on here for techniques you hadn't tried. It certainly did help the end result.

    Its an amazing piece. its a 'yes' from me :D
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    Portraits are a mystery to me. This came out awesome.
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    She looks gorgeous mate :)
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    Very fine!
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    Great work!
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    Great job with both the painting and the step by step.
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    Thank you Marcos, I may just submit it to POM
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    Thank you, I feel like it is a pay it forward type of thing to do an sbs, you learn on the forum and try to contribute to the forum.

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    Hey Squishy, Now you know you sure have the talent to do a portrait. I goes back to the saying,"paint what you see, not what you know. and paint the parts and the whole will come together. Some times in order to force yourself to paint what you see, you turn your portrait sideways or upside down when you paint, this keeps you from stylizing. Please try a portrait , I know you'll be great.

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    Applause! Great SBS and brilliant instruction. You have a good feel for colors!
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    Thank you Micha I'm sure I learned a thing or two from you.
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    Huba Huba!!!:thumbsup::thumbsup::D
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    Great painting. She is lovely. I have only one bit of feedback. Her neck doesn't look right to me but apart from that love the fur and her face .

    Lee
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    I can't stop staring at that hat... beautiful piece.
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    Yeh the colour and texture of it is brilliant

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