Project 1001 #148-151

Been feeling very worn out after the wedding portrait, aside from not spening much time home and therefor not having access to my tablet I’ve been studying the theory for my drivers license. Let me tell you I hate it, really I haven’t felt this stupid in a long time. I have taken a bachelor degree in arts making an A on my final thesis. But this, my brain just doesn’t connect at all. This is going to be a battle I tell you.

Anyhow, trying to get back to the daily portait thingy. Let me tell you I feel rusty…

#148. I was trying to mimic another artist, Emanuel’s Cosmic effect style. Finding it hard to blend the colors well. (Photoshop)

#149. The theme of the day when I painted this was Tibet. Ofcourse i wanted to draw myself as something diffrent than a monk so I googled Tibet female clothing and I recieved an image I used as a reference to this sketch.(Photoshop)

#150/#151. Playing around with the acrylic/oil and watercolor brushes in ArtRage.


Davids Ever After

So after receiving an e-mail from David saying that he and his bride were very happy about the portrait I got the okay to show the original reference used.
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Original photo of David and his bride.

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Since I wanted to make a portrait of David and focus on the couple I decided to crop part of the photo away making it more about them. I also tweaked around with some color balancing since the original photo were tinted by an orange sunlight.

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For you who haven’t seen the final version of Davids Ever After. A .gif animation showing the process making it can be viewed in this blogpost.

Yesterday/early morning I wasn’t in the mood of starting the project 1001 again (will do tomorrow) so I decided to finish an old sketch lying around:20130801_BJD_Sketch_H_by_Mary-Q
BJD sketch. I used a photo of a BJD (Ball jointed doll) as reference for this sketch.

A .gif animation showing my work process on this sketch (you may have to press the image above in order to see the animation)


Project 1001 #142

Trying to do more than just portrait studies. Watched some more Ctrl+Paint but I am still on the unplugged series, so nothing that I can upload easily (traditional sketching). But here is todays portrait and some figure studies from pixelovely that I spent ~2 min on. Amazing how bad you get at it when you haven’t done any in a long time.


#142. Practicing depth, using big brush strokes and gave myself an annoying angle to work from. So it turned out a bit skewed today. Time spent on it ~45 min.

Figure studies ~2 min on each.


Project 1001 #138 to #140

Catching up Saturday: I got the feedback that my portraits are going well but that they lack some depth in between the areas around nose, mouth, chin, cheek and eyes. So I decided to work in black and white focusing on these areas today.

.gif animation showing the process in making portrait #140 (You might have to press the image in order to see the animation)


Project 1001 #131-134

I’ve been feeling rather crappy this weekend. Fevery, pain all over, my neck being so stiff I haven’t been able to move and nausea due to the beeping noise in my ears. So haven’t done much but eat, sleep and read A clash of Kings. Decided to experiment with watercolors so here are the results of that, the last one is a digital over-paint. I ruined the paper with too much water wanting to add more pigment in the colors using my fingers instead of the brush.

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I do hope you’ve had a better weekend than mine!


Project 1001 #118-123

I’ve been really bad at updating this thing lately. Days has kind of just floated together and I’ve been so tired. This is actually the first morning I’ve woken up early enough in order to take it easy and not stress around like an deranged chicken. Decided to go back to basics since I realized I only do portraits so currently aside from studying for my drivers license I also study art on the various free tutorials you can find over at Ctrl+Paint. Here is this past weeks potpourri of portraits I haven’t uploaded so far:

#118 – 121. Wanted to catch up, practiced using a large brush and spent 15 minutes on each portrait.




#123. Wanted to try to use Ctrl+Paints carving technique. Not used to it, and I’ll need a lot of practice but I feel this is a useful and practical way of going about things. It’s hard to reprogram yourself once you’ve started to go about things a certain way.


Project 1001 #107 – #113

Sorry that I’ve been so bad at updating this blog. Past week was full of happenings not really centering around my existence but around people I care so I’ve been busy attending to them and these events. The only time I’ve managed to steal for myself has been to reading books and watching a movie when I’ve been so exhausted that I don’t know what to do, or rather I have known what I could do but just felt too weak to do anything. My driving lessons are getting better which is nice but all my horrible eczemas are back again. I hope it won’t get as bad as last time, I get them due to inner stress. And this week is when we get to know how the negotiations regarding what people is going to get sacked from work. I do hope they won’t prolong the negotiations, I really just want to know what’s going on so I can adjust to that.

Anyways, small insignificant life problem rant over, here are the portraits I haven’t posted:

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I’ve also been busy working on a wedding picture a friend requested me to do, will post progress and stuff when it’s done.