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Angelina Jolie - Color portrait

Discussion in 'Works In Progress & Finished Artworks!' started by Matwes, Oct 25, 2014.


  1. Matwes

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    After I had finished my practice piece from the Marissa Master Portrait Workshop I had to throw myself in the deep end of the pool right away.

    Searched for a nice reference photo the whole sunday last weekend and came up with one of Angelina Jolie. I wanted to paint a celebrity, one that could be easily recognized.. If I pulled it off will say. ;)

    So here is the short version of a SBS/Work In Progress.. I forgot to take a lot of photos during the process, sorry for that. But here are a few.

    Iwata Custom Micron C+
    E'TAC Marissa FX
    Schoellershammer G4 size A3
    Faber Castell watercolor pencils
    Various erasers, texture tools and stencils

    I started with two prints of the reference, one color and one B&W. The B&W was used for tracing the details and structure. It was also used as a cut out stencil for maping the darkest parts in place with a light gray transparent color. Later in the process I've cut the B&W several times to use it as a stencil for major edges like the nose, outlines of the cheek, chin and forehead.

    First photo shows the beginning of the sketch, shades and shapes of the bone structure. Different techniques are used, for the hard edges I mainly let the color bounce of the stencil, not spraying directly on the board. Colors are Burnt Umber mixed with various Ochers.

    angelina_jolie_1.JPG

    Screwed up the lips big time, mixed and painted with the wrong color so I had to sand it down to the paper. At this stage every mistake can be corrected with a sanding pad and a bit of creativity!

    angelina_jolie_2.JPG

    Underpainting finished, values checked, transitions checked, flesh color sprayed where it was needed.

    Now it's time for the final step.

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    Eyes colorized and textured with a white pencil eraser. Face glazed with several mixes of Ochers. Most of the details are ready. Tomorrow I'll finish the lips, hair, neck and background.

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    Looks awesome! How much time to you have invested at this point?
    Can you explain what the glazing is and how it works? Or is that one of the sworn secrets?
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    Amazing job Mat.
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    Thank you guys! :)

    @Heliotropic - I haven't counted the hours but an estimate is around 8 hrs so far, including all preparations with carbon tracing and such.
    Glazing is when you make the painting pop in the final stage, colorizing the underpainting. It's quite spectacular when the face starts to lift from the paper, going 3D.. she's coming alive.
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    Shot a couple of photos with my iPhone in daylight. Crappy camera..

    Did a lot of hair... many, many, many long daggerstrokes. Different mixes of ochers and shading black. Colors were reduced so I had to place a couple of daggerstrokes on top of each other. Reducing the colors leave room for error strokes...

    angelina_jolie_6.JPG

    Eyes are mostly freehanded using my fingers and torn paper as stencils. I've loaded the gun with very thin color, this way I have much better control. Every single line, narrow and wide, are made with at least 5-10 layers = control. There's no reason to risk the painting tiny hairs with the aitbrush, I don't have that kind of trigger control. Therefore the eye lashes and eye brows are drawn with a black Faber Castell watercolor pencil.

    angelina_jolie_7.JPG

    I've used a sanding pad to erase a thin layer of the flesh color to create skin texture, I found out this technique by mistake but it looked very good because it left a little color in the structure of the paper and it looks a bit like tiny wrinkles.

    angelina_jolie_8.JPG
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    Looking good, the course was certainly worth the money. .
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    Thanks mate! :thumbsup:

    Yes, without a doubt. My comfort zone is much larger now. At a certain stage (a couple of hours "ago") I was almost ready to throw the towel on this one, it looked really horrible. But I didn't. I decided to keep on going and I came out standing. :)
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    Nice
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    excellent work, love it ;)
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    She certainly does pop out of the screen. The glazes work wonders.
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    Beautiful work...There is no mistaking who that is!!!
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    loving the work and loving the results and the coarse is defo worth the money .after xmas ill be going on the course somewhere for sure
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    That is excellent work!
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    It's looking great Mats, if you ever feel like throwing in the towel, don't!!!, always put it aside and view it after a couple of days. it's amazing what a fresh mind can see, we all criticise ourselves, and that is very often our downfall
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    Great work
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    Excellent work Mats....Grandioos
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    Looks great!
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    Thank you very much friends! :)

    Hair is done.. all the stray hairs were done with the airbrush as close as possible paper, hundreds and hundres of them. I didn't want jeopardize the fragile tip of the needle so I painted with the crown cap on.

    I think this one is finished now. Click image to view full size.

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    Last edited: Oct 26, 2014
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    You nailed her !!! (you wish , LOL) , excellent !!
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    :)

    Thank you Diego!
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