Thursday, May 07, 2009

Almost Emilie


Oil on canvas, 18 x 18 inches, based on a painting by Kent Williams named "Emilie".

Click here for more, and here for progressives of the painting.

15 comments:

andyyang said...

Hey Hey, nice painting. It has your signature orange vermillion tint. I like the texture. Maybe you can try overpainting the background with white instead of a dark colour like green the next time. It will really help make your overall highlights cleaner and more realistic. Especially the skin tones. Keep up the good work. :-)

For more portraits references, check out works by my favourite artists, Lucian Freud and Jenny Saville. I have been doing in depth studies of skin tones and textures lately.

mindflyer 小飞人 said...

Dont stop San San!- Keep going ! Keep going !

Love your energy !! May it spread to us and sweep us along better than the ass-swine flu :D!

F L E E said...

i hate you.. no wait.. i hate your skills

zeropointfive said...

Wa.. very wow! thks for sharing the progress too! :D showing loads of improvement!!!!

moodytwoshoes said...

Thanks, Andy :) I do like Lucian Freud's work - his flesh tones and brush work are amazing. I shall lighten the background like you suggested! I shall check out Janny Saville!

Thanks, everyone for the encouragement.

And Flee...I "hate" your skills too, ha ha :) Enjoying your photos on Flickr. How about we work together and I paint someone you photograph? :)

F L E E said...

Yo Moody! ITS SO ON!Will take something this weekend!

drewscape said...

this is great. i like the skin tones too. I thought maybe the hair could be more defined. It does inspired me to try it out too.

Christine Lim Simpson said...

Hi San San, your work is beautiful. I have so much to learn from. Thanks for sharing. :)

It will be great to see your colour palette. You have a wonderful sense to the use of colours. Well done.

Mr.B said...

San San, tell me ur diet! im having what u r having! damn hardworking!

dominique said...

that's really great. Especially the skin tones.

adeline said...

is awesome. i love the step by step docu!

Brick said...

i like that u paint over old painting! so van gogh! hehe.... years later ppl will marvel at it when this hangs in a museum ;)

keep up the good work x

moodytwoshoes said...

Thanks everyone! I'll continue to work hard! There's so much to learn from all of you about illustration, it's like impossible!:)

For skin tones, my minimum oil palette is buff titianium, mixing white, yellow ochre, vermillian hue or chrome orange. Some brands have a flesh tint, which usually needs another colour mixed in to liven it up or to correct the colour a bit. I use burnt umber and a touch of ultramarine with white for shadow areas.

Museum - hee hee! They will talk about how cheap I am to keep recycling canvases. Honestly, I think plain white canvases scare me! :)

mindflyer 小飞人 said...

OIC new service for the timid artist.....
" let us rubbish up your canvas".

No more having to stare blankly at your pristine white canvas.

Absolutely FREE

:D

kiddin aside- yah pristine white canvas and paper are all scary !!

Don Low said...

Your style reminds me a lot of Georgette Chen - I dun mean the way you painted resembles hers but it just kind of came to me when looking at your painting - which is done very beautifully. I love the way you use colors to depict values and all and above all you have captured the essence of the model pretty well too.
:P