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bruce johnson

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on: January 30, 2015, 04:39:55 AM
Hi Folks

This year I will be painting an oil portrait of my wife Sonja.
To catch the likeness of a portrait subject it is paramount that the artist capture the model's personality through the eyes.
Often if the subject has interesting eyes I will paint a pastel study of the eyes before I start to paint the full portrait. This gets me familiar with the task ahead.
To give an example of this I have posted the study I did of Sonja's eyes in prep for the oil portrait..

The study took about an hour to draw

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Reply #1 on: January 30, 2015, 05:09:07 AM

Those eyes are incredible.  You put lots of life into them.  I have no doubt but that you can make an incredible portrait of your wife.

You go, guy!


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Reply #2 on: January 30, 2015, 10:32:26 AM
This is going to be another masterpiece  :clap:
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Reply #3 on: January 30, 2015, 11:29:48 AM
Bruce this is going to be a beautiful portrait. You have a beautiful wife.  O0

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Reply #4 on: January 31, 2015, 08:17:37 PM
 :clap: :clap: :clap:  Bruce, you are excellent with pastels.  You have painted your wife's eyes superbly.  Patricia
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Reply #5 on: February 01, 2015, 02:25:39 AM
Love the eyes Bruce,  so far so good  :clap:

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Reply #6 on: February 03, 2015, 10:26:47 AM

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Reply #7 on: February 04, 2015, 12:23:50 AM
Thanks folks for all the nice feedback :) I wont get to start this portrait until mid year as I've got a couple of toddler portraits to paint first  :painting:


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Reply #8 on: February 05, 2015, 01:30:17 PM