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Schuld WIP’s 2 & 3

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Schuld WIP’s 1 & 2

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Loving the retro-classical look of this painting… almost icon material (:

Still listening to Lykke Li, but also Ingrid Michaelson, whom I discovered this morning… her version of ‘Creep’ made me cry (:


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Schuld WIP

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This is my newest SuicideGirl portrait; Schuld, from Russia.

Loving listening to Lykke Li’s Youth Novels at the moment (:

 


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Skinbyrd

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Here she is!

The soundtrack for Skinbyrd was Gin Wigmore, Elle King, Lykke Li, Tami Neilson, and Linda Ronstadt (:


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Skinbyrd WIP’s 4&5

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Almost finished beautiful Skinbyrd.

On final 3rd of my creative process, the most fun part, doing all the fine detail/small detail. I’m always totally in love with these girls (SuicideGirls) by the time I’ve spent tens of hours familiarising myself with every detail of their gorgeous faces. Mind you, it’s not just these girls, it’s any female I paint, I think it’s how I can spend so much time on my creations… Creaturina and Alice, for instance… I adore those girls!

I really enjoy getting their feedback (the SuicideGirls, not Creatuie and Alice… they’ve not yet gotten back to me ), makes it all worthwhile. This one is the first SuicideGirl portrait I’ve done as a request from the model, normally I don’t do requests, just portraits of the girls (woman) that take my fancy (I always have several lined up). In fact, as a member of the Fanart group on SG, the rules are that the girls/woman don’t ask for portraits… of course, they do. I normally just ‘like’ their requests and ignore them, but… Skinbyrd is exactly my kind of portrait model; not photoshopped beautiful, just really/real-ly beautiful…so, here we are… Skinbyrd from Argentina (:


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Skinbyrd WIP’s 3&4

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Skinbyrd WIP’s 2&3

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I’m now at what I consider the middle third of my work process on this portrait; I’ve done the sketchy stuff, and established tones/values/shape/form/lighting, now I have started sharpening lines and beginning to blend colour transitions as seamlessly as I can. This is where the ‘painterly’ look begins to vanish. As much as I quite like that look, I just like the sharp lines and beautiful seamlessness of photo-realism more. Technically, I don’t think what I do is actually photo-realism, because I often make every detail in focus, even when it is not so in the photo I’m working from. Perhaps my style is hyper-realism?

This stage is the slow, methodical, plodding stage. As such, it’s the stage that takes the most discipline to stick with, because hours of work often produce only slight, obvious progress. However, I’ve been doing this long enough, now, to stick with it, because I now know, without doubt, that it will be worth it, and, suddenly (though not really) there will be this beautiful, polished work, and I’ll be onto the final third, which is the most fun, because all the hard work will be done, and it will just be me obsessing over minute details nobody would even notice if I didn’t do.