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on: May 03, 2021, 05:18:41 PM
Portrait of "Ce Ce" (Cecilia) on 18 x 24" canvas
I get comments on Facebook like, "Pat has a good eye for perspective etc, but don't realize i trace. Don't feel right about that, but know what...literally 20 hours of time on the eyes and goes for many other portraits iv done. Roller coaster
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Reply #1 on: May 03, 2021, 06:33:23 PM
What a beautiful portrait of your granddaughter.  :smitten: I think you have done an excellent job! Don’t worry about the tracing, the end result is all that matters. We all use tools to help us achieve our goals. I’m sure there is someone out there that would belittle us for using a ruler!  :2funny:
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Reply #2 on: May 04, 2021, 12:07:19 PM
Thanks Emmalee. I agree with you on that. Besides, their are all kinds of art. Andy Warhol, would anyone say, he's cheating because it's not truly traditional art? Silkscreen, halftone processing etc. No rules. Besides, would anyone care if i spent 10 years on it? 10 min. later they'd forget i even told them that.
The moment you find yourself mostly satisfied with a painting and think you'll "just quickly" do this or that, that's the moment to stop completely. Take the painting off your easel and put it aside for at least 24 hours, then reassess whether it really needs that tweak.


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Reply #3 on: May 04, 2021, 12:20:42 PM
This is precious!  I wouldn't worry about the idea of tracing.  I use it and never felt bad about telling people I do. It is the end result that matters.   :clap: :clap: :clap:
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Reply #4 on: May 05, 2021, 06:05:54 PM
Thanks njn for the encouraging words.
The moment you find yourself mostly satisfied with a painting and think you'll "just quickly" do this or that, that's the moment to stop completely. Take the painting off your easel and put it aside for at least 24 hours, then reassess whether it really needs that tweak.


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Reply #5 on: May 07, 2021, 02:08:22 AM
Really nice piece! I too tend to try and shy away from tracing,,,, have you tried using a grid for composition? If I had a live model or a study to work on rather than from Photographs I'd likely use thumb and pencil and proportional dividers to map out the composition,,,, with photos you tend to try get really precise.... kinda works agains you imo...

Have to admit when I saw this image at first in your gallery I thought it was acrylic.. has an acrylic feel to it!
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Reply #6 on: May 07, 2021, 02:09:20 AM
What a beautiful portrait of your granddaughter.  :smitten: I think you have done an excellent job! Don’t worry about the tracing, the end result is all that matters. We all use tools to help us achieve our goals. I’m sure there is someone out there that would belittle us for using a ruler!  :2funny:

a what??? ohhh the shame of it!  :D :D :D
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Reply #7 on: May 08, 2021, 05:09:55 AM
Beautiful painting Pat.


Who cares what people say about tracing. Every artist needs to do what works for them.



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Reply #8 on: May 08, 2021, 07:30:38 PM
Beautiful painting, Pat. Well done  :clap: :clap: :clap:
Pat, don't let it worry you that you trace, use a ruler, etc. ALL professionals use them at some time or other. They are tools of the trade, so to speak. I'm very proficient at hand drawing, yet where I need to I also trace, use a ruler and I'm not ashamed to admit it. If the ancient Masters used them, who am I to complain  ;) :2funny:
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Reply #9 on: June 22, 2021, 02:49:12 PM
Really nice piece! I too tend to try and shy away from tracing,,,, have you tried using a grid for composition? If I had a live model or a study to work on rather than from Photographs I'd likely use thumb and pencil and proportional dividers to map out the composition,,,, with photos you tend to try get really precise.... kinda works agains you imo...

Have to admit when I saw this image at first in your gallery I thought it was acrylic.. has an acrylic feel to it!
I did recently buy a divider, but after tracing another one i just did, i used the divider mainly to be double sure the eyes were correct.
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Reply #10 on: June 22, 2021, 02:54:01 PM
Beautiful painting, Pat. Well done  :clap: :clap: :clap:
Pat, don't let it worry you that you trace, use a ruler, etc. ALL professionals use them at some time or other. They are tools of the trade, so to speak. I'm very proficient at hand drawing, yet where I need to I also trace, use a ruler and I'm not ashamed to admit it. If the ancient Masters used them, who am I to complain  ;) :2funny:
I know I'm late here...........but thanks Dennis. I have a serious deficiency when it comes to self confidence about tracing. Couldn't ask for better encouragment than from a pro like yourself though! I am just finishing up two more portraits and starting two more on top of that. Even after tracing, i always end up spending 15 to 20 hours (being real here!) on eyes because they don't look right. It makes me feel defeated so many times that i always feel this is the end..........never paint again. But i do.......... so, these next two I am make darn sure those eye outlines are precise and I painted over those pencil line with paint. Now, if i do mess up, it's dry and preserved.
The moment you find yourself mostly satisfied with a painting and think you'll "just quickly" do this or that, that's the moment to stop completely. Take the painting off your easel and put it aside for at least 24 hours, then reassess whether it really needs that tweak.


 

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