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(9686) () Oekaki by dorothyblueeyes, total drawing time 3 : 11 : 46

dorothyblueeyes 2007/6/23 - 4:41:25
Painting of Nude:Period.(ho-hum,trying to practice,I need a REAL model.shits)
embo 2007/6/23 - 15:32:55
this is very beautiful! nice skintones although it looks like you usd the blur tool a lot? I like the scattered black lines. and yes, live models are priceless.
eraserhead 2007/6/24 - 3:10:37
I always set out to do stuff like this but get stuck at the 'searching the net for references' bit *nudge nudge*
I do realism so can't really give tips on doing painterly stuff, but I do know I like it -lots, reminds me a lot of oils.
dorothyblueeyes 2007/6/24 - 4:59:48
yeah, I used the airbrush a lot;I found out,people like nudes a lot,in the outside world,who sometimes BUY them. I was amazed. So,I am practicing. yeah, it is too blurry. I was trying too hard,to get the overall picture,the whole effect. I gotta study some classic nudes,in artbooks,cause THAT style is very popular.

Plus,I just am trying to "cut loose" and just THROW THE PAINT DOWN,WHAMMO. Not be so "precise",so I can be less rigid,and really learn more. Like,take more risks. I'm too big on being "safe" and "decorative," and I want to just cut loose,and take more risks. That is not as easy as it sounds.
embo 2007/6/24 - 7:26:15
yeah, in general people pay a lot of money for oil paintings and watercolor renderings. Hey, if you want to see an artist that lays out really loose and fresh nudes, you should check out Malcolm Liepke or Joseph Lorusso (just do a net search, since they are contemp you won't find any books).

I think the best exercises to help you just lay down the light would be to do some work with watercolors since you can't blend with them and they really challenge you to identify the darks and lights. hope this is useful.

keep 'em coming!! ♥
dorothyblueeyes 2007/6/26 - 20:15:6
Thanks for the comment,Embo;good idea about the watercolors.

I have a "northern eye",as opposed to the "southern eye" of Italians and southern countries;mean,we Germans and Swiss(cold countries)see black and white more easily,and hard contrasts,(see; Jan Van Eyck,Rembrandt,) whereas if you look at Italian painters, they are expert at subtle and colorful shades,and sensual flesh and shapes.

I finally realized, a lot of these tendencies are from the regions,hereditiy,the races came from. In northern,cold countries,yes,you do tend to see the black & white, sharp contrasts. We do not do color as well as the Italians. However, we do shadows,darks,work with lighting,even stark, detailed reality, (Durer, and his drawing the hare?)very well.

I really do notice that all the northern painters developed this special technique, (like Jan Van Eyck)to deal with light and dark. Not only was it the special light of their weather and country,but it was how they saw it,too.

Therefore,if I try to handle paint like an Italian, very colorful,sensual,lots of different shades of colors,I am really out of my element. I can SEE very dark and light much more easily, say, like Rembrandt, than I can all the middle shades of color.I have always had trouble with them. I do not know if other people notice tendencies of their painting in one direction or another, but I suppose we all have it.

Anyone else notice whether they lean one way or another?You handle color well,but not sharp contrasts of dark and light?Or,just the opposite?Well, we're all different.

I had a friend who was an artist,who was color-blind with the color red. However,he still was a very good artist. (His brother-in-law was so impressed with his painting,he offered to get him into galleries.That is when I discovered HOW artists get into real galleries;"art lawyers" get them in,get them shows,bookings, advertising,ect.. They treat it like a business,and make the artist in to a real product.However,it takes someone with real "contacts" and money to help you into this.And my friend's brother-in-law did this for a career;he made money being an "art-lawyer." Whew!!)
embo 2007/6/27 - 0:46:4
that's incredibly interesting. I never made a connection in spite of seeing so many paintings and doing a year of art history the authors never made this connection either.

but I can definitely see it, especially with Max Beckmann for a northern example. And then there are the quintessential Titian paintings that epitomizes glowing and seductive skin tones. personally I like the harsh better but it is of course crucial to expand out abilities.

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