Marilyn portrait WIP
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So, I started taking some oil painting classes; I've never taken any, and I found a place that give real professional academic formations. I'm just getting started, so now I'm practicing and familiarizing myself with new notions. We haven't started with colors and mediums yet, for the first class we just used raw umber color, titanium white and solvent. Basically, this could be the under-painting.

I made this Marilyn portrait (12' x 12') in about 4 hours today. First step (pic on the left) was done with just raw umber color mixed with solvent. This is almost like water-color painting, but better because it's much more flexible and doesn't dry as fast. Took me about an hour. The second pic is the same thing, just adding more details, and a second layer in the darker areas. Also took me about an hour.

For the third step, I made gray-scale colors using raw umber with white. You can't see too well on the image, but even the lighter areas are covered with paint. I'm not too happy with the raw umber color I used though, the one I borrowed from another student yesterday had a much better opacity and dried much faster, which made it much easier to add new layers on top one another. Anyway, this step took me 2 hours.
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Canon EOS 60D
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1/166 second
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51 mm
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Date Taken
Feb 15, 2016, 6:11:49 PM
Adobe Photoshop CS4 Macintosh
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Chaosfive-55|Hobbyist General Artist
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Thubakabra|Professional Digital Artist
Nice decission to have those classes! THis painting is really awesome, and I like the steps. 
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YannickBouchard's avatar
Thank you very much! And yes indeed, I'm really happy about the classes, it makes me very motivated!
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Really beautiful. The underpainting? That could be the *beginning* of a piece? Wow. Ufffff I wish I could break away from line work. May I ask where you're getting these classes? Are there any paid online substitutes that you know of? 
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Hi! Yes, this could be the beginning of a painting. But since the original photo I used for a reference is in black and white, there isn't really a point in going any further with this one, it was just for practice. But we started to work with colors last week (classes are only one day each month), and applying colors on top of a detailed gray-scale under-painting like that, it makes it really easier.

The classes I take are from a small place here in Quebec City. Very personalized teaching. Unfortunately I don't know of any good online substitutes.
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Thubakabra|Professional Digital Artist
That's a great thing if it keeps motivated you! :aww: 
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