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bruce johnson

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on: February 13, 2015, 02:53:35 AM
About 7 years ago I attended a pastel workshop presented by International portrait artist xxxxx xxxx. He was amazing. During the workshop we painted the portrait of Tom, a professional model with huge beard. Tom was a brilliant model, he sat motionless for 20 min spells..

Painted in pastel
20 x 16 Mi Teintes pastel paper
about 4 hours total painting time

When I look at this portrait now I make the following observations..

1. The shadow on Toms face is the wrong temperture of grey... I think it needs to be warmer. Since I painted this portrait I have learnt that when painting shadow areas, if the shadow doesn't look natural then it is most likely the wrong temperature.. Shadow areas should look natural, like children, seen but not heard.  :angel:

2.Also the lighting in the workshop was far too strong and it washed out the majority of the skin tones. . If I was lighting the portrait myself I would use a more dramatic lighting plan, possibly Rembrandt. Unfortunately in a worskshop scenario you have to cater for all artists painting from different angles.

3.Notice the colours in the beard, the lighting was quite warm , about 5500K which has hightlighted the warm hues

4. Also the upper hair line on the moustache is too sharp, and looks false. I need to soften the edge so it transitions into the upper lip smoother

I posted this portrait primarily for Lynn who is emabarking on a huge portrait challenge which I hope you will all get to see  it sometime.  :painting:

« Last Edit: March 09, 2015, 07:45:53 AM by dennis »

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Reply #1 on: February 13, 2015, 04:20:49 AM

Despite the problems you see in this painting, it is still remarkably well done.  Your are incredibly talented and so generous to share your skills knowledge with us.


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Reply #2 on: February 14, 2015, 09:21:10 AM
Despite the lighting issues, still an excellent portrait.  :clap: :clap: :clap:
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Reply #3 on: February 16, 2015, 05:54:28 PM
So interesting to read your observations! 
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Reply #4 on: February 16, 2015, 06:49:21 PM
Thank you for making the time to share with us your valuable journey.
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Reply #5 on: February 17, 2015, 11:23:11 PM
Bruce I was telling my daughter about your paintings today. You are an excellent portrait artist for every painting I have seen of yours is outstanding and I join the others in saying "thank you" for sharing your observations and tips which are so interesting.

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Reply #6 on: February 19, 2015, 01:13:37 AM
Thank you ladies for all your lovely comments.. I seem to have a female fan club and I love it :yippee: :flowers:
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Reply #7 on: February 22, 2015, 04:16:43 PM
Oh Bruce,  Thanks so much for this!  Been out of the country and turned off my internet.  Even though you addressed problems you noticed, this is beautiful.  I love the eyes!  I also appreciate the variety of colors in the beard and the value change between mustache and beard which separates them (even though you don't like the hard line).  This should help me a lot but it won't have this amazing quality.  As I start (I think I will do an eye study today), I may lean on you and others for advice.  Thanks again
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Reply #8 on: February 22, 2015, 07:50:08 PM
Very well done Bruce, I'm not an expert but to me it is stunning. :flowers:
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Reply #9 on: March 02, 2015, 10:47:49 AM
bruce I agree with "the other ladies" you are so talented and thankyou for sharing with us your incredible journey  O0and thankyou for  your advice, input and incredible support  O0
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Reply #10 on: March 02, 2015, 01:44:36 PM
Well done portrait. Interesting observations. Guess I am part of the fan club!  ;D   :clap: :clap: :clap:
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