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linley.plester

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on: April 29, 2017, 03:55:27 AM
My version of Nolan's pop art class. I couldn't resist trying something slightly different by changing the colours and placing her in a slightly different position, and soon discovered why Nolan chose the arrangement that he did. The black hair meant that the highlights and shadings had to be reversed. I tried 2 shades of blue, but found using only one looked better. The blue highlights still look clumsy. I don't have a steady hand. Because I'd made a mistake on the hand I tried repainting it, but couldn't match the skin tones, and so repainted almost all of the face. I don't like my handwritten speech bubble.


Thebottom inch of the painting shows the claw-like shape of the hand even more. I don't like the expanse of empty neck at the bottom either. The painting would improve if the base was lopped off (can you do that to canvas board?) or hidden/disguised in some other way.  :help:
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Reply #1 on: April 29, 2017, 08:14:15 AM
Great, Linley.  You mastered the art of posting a photo.

Painting looks cool.  I have never tried pop art.

I once cut off the bottom four inches off an oil canvas.  Once it was in the frame, it is not noticeable.  (Hope it doesn't unravel over the years.)

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Reply #2 on: April 29, 2017, 03:10:26 PM
Linley I honestly think it looks great. I'd like to try that class...
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Reply #3 on: April 29, 2017, 07:34:55 PM
 :thankyou: Trev;  :thankyou:Mea.  Trev, it's a great class, not as simple as it looks. It takes Nolan about an hour and a half on the video class. It's taken me about 6 weeks. I have a feeling that it is going to influence my style of painting from now on. I've always loved garish colours, black outlines and areas of flat colour.  Mea: you may have created a monster... here is yet another photo.
The nose looks odd when you view the painting from it's RHS. I'm sure this is a matter of changing the shape of the shading????? ,but how?


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Reply #4 on: April 29, 2017, 08:49:55 PM
Linley,

Here's a quick way to check out options for changing the nose.  Take a page protector and cut it into two sheets. Draw sample nose shapes on a sheet of the page protector. with dry erase pens.  Put them over the painting to see how they look.  Once you find one that looks good. transfer it to the painting.

Hope that helps.  I use it all the time for trying out possible additions to paintings.

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Reply #5 on: April 29, 2017, 09:08:06 PM
Mea:  :thankyou: I didn't notice the problem until I set it on the  display easel and walked around the room. It's really odd. The nose looks fine from directly in front and to the left of the painting. It's just the view from the right of the painting that is wonky. I sometimes use little scraps of clear flat plastic packaging to decide placement of birds in the sky, but never thought of cutting up a page protector. ::)


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Reply #6 on: May 23, 2017, 04:23:46 PM
 :clap: :clap: :clap: Excellent pop art portrait Linley.      Patricia
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Reply #7 on: May 24, 2017, 06:21:56 AM
Revised and finished.... Unless anyone has any useful suggestions?



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Reply #8 on: May 24, 2017, 08:29:40 AM
Nice work, Linley.

Looks like a fun piece.

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Reply #9 on: May 24, 2017, 11:12:19 AM
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Reply #10 on: May 24, 2017, 03:25:12 PM
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Reply #11 on: May 24, 2017, 04:23:36 PM
 :thankyou: Val, Mea. and Win. It was fun. I'm thinking of it as an intro to portraiture, and also hoping this style will appeal to our modern cashed up bogans (and others). An experiment. More to come.


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Reply #12 on: May 28, 2017, 04:21:38 PM
Oh Linley I love it! Her nose looks fine to me. I hope you get into portraits now. So then I'm not the only one pulling my hair out!!! nah j/k.. You will love it!!  Great work!
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Reply #13 on: May 28, 2017, 06:13:27 PM
Hello Robyn.... This pop art portrait came about because I wanted to paint a portrait of a happy couple (friends) who are comic book fans. I thought I might manage a pop art portrait instead of the more traditional form because I felt too inexperienced. Oops was stage one. Stage 2 is now underway... subject: Einstein. I have a pretty good likeness in the drawing but as usual I'm struggling with the skin tones because I'm working in acrylics and they seem to dry so much darker than the original wet mix (the difference is between a gentle creamy pink (wet) and the colour of an Egyptian peasant who works out in the burning sun all day. Unbelievable. So I tried toning it down with a buff titanium and now the wretched man is as green as the hulk!  I didn't have this problem with my flower paintings!  Maybe I'll have to try a zinc white instead of titanium which has a bluish tinge. Stage 3 I hope will be the actual couple portrait... I'm glad I decided to practice first... Otherwise I might have given up by now, Swapping experiences with you helps tremendously. :thankyou:


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Reply #14 on: May 28, 2017, 11:16:39 PM
 :clap: Put your painting aside for 3 days and work on something different,  then you will be see it in a diffierent light.
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