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I think I have Allisons features captured now.  I am ready to tackle Josh now.  What do you think?
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I think it looks great! and I'm glad you're back at it and feeling better :)
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Starting to map Josh's face out in tone and value.  Letting Allie's rest a while before starting detail on eyes and hair/clothing.  I need those to be dry for that process.
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I'll post my days work on Flickr later tonight Allie so you can see what I do with Josh today.
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Session 5 is done.  Still a little rough, but it is starting to look like the portrait I have in my mind for this one.
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Lol
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Starting Session 5 of this portrait of the Burnetts.  
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Step 3 - I only worked on Allison today trying to get her eyes and facial features in proportion.  I'll get to Josh tomorrow.
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Don't laugh.  This is how I start.  I use my iPad and add tape to give me some rough graph marks.  Then I just go at it with a paintbrush.  I don't like to draw but enjoy the rough start with the brush because I can see whole sections rather than lines when I am painting with a big brush.  This was how I started today.  And two hours later, I had my underpainting done.  I posted it under STEP ONE.
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She is a photographer and I suspect she took this via remote.  I love that they are outside and no harsh shadows on their faces.  This reference photo is perfect for me to work from.  Happy to have you watch me paint Luca.  It's been a while for me.
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WORK IN PROGRESS
Working on a 16' x 16" oil portrait Should be done by end of the month (July)
Working on a 16' x 16" oil portrait Should be done by end of the month (July)
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I've decided to go back to this one today and see if I can see better and judge my work to make corrections.  It all comes down to judgement and being able to correct where I went wrong.  Some people cannot see where they went wrong so they can fix things.  I hope I can still see well enough to fix this one.  It's my last portrait in this series.  I don't want to be a quitter.
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I'm starting to work on their hair and clothing next.  I got a little more work done on Josh.
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If I ever get his mouth right, I will begin adding my dots of color for their faces.  I need to make sure my structure is correct before I "do my thing" with it.
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Step 4 - First hours work.  I have more to do today on it, but I took this photo with my camera and decided to upload it.  I started on Joshua getting facial features lined up in proportion to each other, brought his hairline and head circumference down quite a bit.  I think I still need to move it in a bit in the back by his ear.  The hard core critical eye is what does all the work. I just look at it and tear it apart bit by bit till I can see what the problem areas are.  That is what I will be doing all day to him.
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Step 2 - Block in all the features and position subjects continuing to add color and correct image and likeness.  I still am using a wide brush for this step.  I moved them a little closer and added some midtones.  This is a 16" x 16" stretched canvas so covering it with paint takes me a while.  This stage has to dry before I start the more subtle colors that make it look pretty.
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Ooo yes she will! ! ; )
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Step One: Oil sketch/underpainting.  
Just getting started on this one.  I'm not very neat.  I just slap on the oil paint or acrylic (Oil in this case) and keep going till I see a resemblance appear on the canvas.  Then from then on, I simply adjust my drawing over and over until I am satisfied.
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Yeah I agree, some people don't have many lacks in their technique but in the way they can see what's wrong. Once you are able to see what needs to be fixed it's a great step ahead.
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My name is Babs Haake.  I am a portrait artist.  I specialize in pastel portraits and Oil Portrait paintings.
Join me on my artist page and see what I am up to on  a weekly basis.  Previous jobs included Catalog Designer and Art Teacher in a private school, plus tutoring.