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Reply #15 on: July 24, 2017, 11:49:14 AM
Another fun portrait, Trev! And keep staying true to your personal style! 
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Reply #16 on: July 24, 2017, 12:35:44 PM
OMG, Trev.  This is fantastic.  You are one good artist.

Like Sharon said, stick with a style that suits you.  Darn - this is it!

If you lived here in Hawaii, you would be the subject of my next newspaper article!

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Reply #17 on: July 24, 2017, 02:12:50 PM
 :congrats:    I am loving this style sooo much! It's you through and through. Remember... to thine own self be true. Positively, absolutely, BRILLIANT!!!   :not_worthy:      :clap: :clap: :clap:

Any chance you would be willing to divulge the steps taken......?   ::)
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Reply #18 on: July 24, 2017, 04:22:43 PM
 :clap: :clap: :clap:  Oh! My word Trev, you are having the time of your life with these loose, vibrant paintings which are excellent.  Way to go!!!


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Reply #19 on: July 24, 2017, 04:39:07 PM
 :painting: You are on a roll with these paintings, Trev. Another unique and fun painting.  :clap:
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Reply #20 on: July 24, 2017, 06:01:28 PM
Trev i think you have found your style these 2 paintings are wonderful and your use of colour is great. Well done you :yippee:  :clap: :clap: 
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Reply #21 on: July 24, 2017, 08:13:12 PM
You ladies make a guy feel special - really  :blush: Val I'd be happy to share the process. Will do it today when at my pc...on my phone now  O0
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Reply #22 on: July 25, 2017, 01:18:52 AM
 :yippee: Looking forward to it Trev!
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Reply #23 on: July 25, 2017, 01:50:58 AM
Hi Trev.... Well done. I love them too. Give your Mum a chance and let her get more used to this style....Think of the public reaction to the Impressionists and the Fauves. These days they are recognized Masters. Congratulations on achieving a personal style....I'm told consistency of style is important if you want to establish a market for your paintings. You may yet become a household word... and then what will your Mum think?


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Reply #24 on: July 25, 2017, 06:20:53 AM
Thanks Linley, im not sure if achieved a "personal style" as yet. But this is a fun way to paint with watercolours.

So as per Vals request the process and colours for both paintings were fairly similar although I got a bit tighter on the second one I think.

Colours Used:

Gamboge - Never used it before and I LOVE the yellow it makes! Very bright and glowing!
Raw Sienna
Burnt Sienna
Light Red
Cadmium Red
Permanent Magenta
UMB
Pthalo Blue
Cerulean Blue
Hookers Green
Paynes Grey

Methods:

Firstly all highlighted areas were masked off. The approach I took was to exaggerate the highlights a lot more than the reference pictures and increase the size and areas of highlights.
First washes were done with watery yellows over the skin areas allowing puddles of colour to form naturally. This is more a "squeeze the colour out the brush" technique than an actual painting stroke. Then i dropped in a slightly less watery mixture of light red and burnt siennas/cadmium reds/magentas in the shadow areas into the yellow allowing the paints to mix on the page wet into wet. When these washes were 'damp' I dropped in some blue/grey around the deeper shadow areas to begin establishing the basic shadings of the face. All this was done without being to concerned about being to exact with the brush against paper. The approach is loose and relaxed and almost hoping for crazy effects and blooms or whatever to occur. *Light red/CadR is not a great on paper mixer as it is quite a heavy sedimentary paint.

The skin areas in each painting were very warm so i cooled both paintings down by introducing blues, purples, magentas, greys in the shirt and Nicks hair area.
Whilst doing this I would, when the feeling took me, paint wet next to wet, splatter paint and water in the background areas, again not worrying if some paint ended up on the main characters. I would also create soft and hard edges in the background where it seemed i should.

I then allowed these washes and splatters to dry completely!

Once dry I would then build the faces up and follow the reference pictures more closely but not tightly. Hardening and softening lines where required as well as establishing the darks and details. In "Happy Man" I wet the sunglasses area thoroughly and dropped in saturated colours to create the very colourful effect I wanted and just allowed them to mix on their own whilst I tilted the paper like a mad scientist.

I then allowed the paper to dry completely and removed the masking fluid off of the highlights. With the highlights exposed I agitated the hard lines the masking fluid had created and began glazing in yellows and possibly other colours  whilst being mindful of not losing the highlights completely (i feel i lost way too much of Nick the Greeks highlights). I then began adding in any details. For example in Happy Mans hat i added some of the hat details with some texture from a sponge and the odd eratic brush stroke. For Nicks eyes I tried to make them a bit more realistic.

Darks: I then added proper deep darks where needed to really get the paintings to come together!

Finishing touches involved some rubbing out in areas, some splatter, more darks and brush strokes to finish the paintings off and generally just strengthening any areas that need it. I overworked the second one a tad I think.

And thats pretty much how I approached these paintings.

I hope that all made sense and if you read this far well done!  ;D

Trev


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Reply #25 on: July 25, 2017, 08:08:16 AM
Trev,

Thank you for taking the time to explain how you did those great portraits.  I plan to save and print those instructions and your paintings to try and do something similar just for the fun of it.  There's no way I could duplicate your unique style, but the process seems so enjoyable.

You are a treasure!

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Reply #26 on: July 25, 2017, 08:10:16 AM
Oh, Trev, what brand(s) of watercolor do you favor or is this list a mismash of brands (like mine).

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Reply #27 on: July 25, 2017, 08:21:20 AM
Hi Mea!

Please do try paint like that, its such fun and not really much can go wrong besides some interesting effects  :yippee: just remember to exaggerate your tonal values a bit - stick to them, and you'll be fine! Please post or send your results!?!

The brands I used on these were:

Gamboge - Van Gogh
Raw Sienna - Cotmans
Burnt Sienna - Cotmans
Light Red - Cotmans
Cadmium Red - Cotmans
Permanent Magenta - Van Gogh
UMB - Cotmans
Pthalo Blue - Van Gogh
Cerulean Blue - Cotmans
Hookers Green -Van Gogh
Paynes Grey - Cotmans

I didnt use any of my artist quality (eeeK!) ones for these paintings although the Van Goghs are very pigmented for "student grade"and I really enjoy them alot. But yes I have quite a mish mash of paints as well :) Whenever I find a cracking deal Ill invest lol

Have a good one :)

Trev


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Reply #28 on: July 25, 2017, 08:34:14 AM
 :heeha: WOW Trev these portraits are awesome, so you.  You have an amazing eye for the color palette on all your paintings.   

Thank you for sharing your process with us.  :smitten: 
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Reply #29 on: July 25, 2017, 08:51:47 AM
Thanks, Trev.

Gotta buy some gamboge.  Have lots of other yellows, but not that one.  Got enough lemon yellow to last four lifetimes!

I like the quality of VanGogh paints, too.

Thanks for taking so much time to share this info with us.

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