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bruce johnson

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on: January 28, 2012, 11:43:11 PM
I haven't been around much lately, I've been working on this commission. Its the commission from hell. The ref image was 2" x 1' 50 year old black and white photo. I had to guess a lot of the detail. I doubt I'll take another commission like this again. Especially a double portrait



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Reply #1 on: January 29, 2012, 12:25:11 AM
 O0 You did a good job of it Bruce.looks great.


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Reply #2 on: January 29, 2012, 12:58:56 AM
Hey Bruce, it looks good to me. What have you found that's made you express reluctance to do one again? I'm assuming you've used pastels? A small reference picture is certainly a problem area in terms of determining detail, esp. a 50 year old photo!
Thanks for sharing your thoughts & experience.  ;)
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Reply #3 on: January 29, 2012, 03:38:43 AM
Hi Bruce...  :welcome: back!!!
I've been wondering what you've been up to!  As you've been absent in the PB forum for a while, I thought you'd be busy somehow.

I think you've captured the couple very well... the likeness is amazing! 


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Reply #4 on: January 29, 2012, 04:17:19 AM
Thanks guys ..  :blush:

Tony the difficulty with such a small ref image is it's really hard to see the detail of the eyes. When I paint portraits I really want to highlight the eyes, but its difficult when you can't see detail.

I forgot to add that this is charcoal.. and the final picture is about 40cm x 30 cm ( 16" x 12" )


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Reply #5 on: January 29, 2012, 06:32:21 AM
Wow Bruce,
I think you re doing an awesome job.  :clap: O0
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Reply #6 on: January 29, 2012, 09:42:26 AM
Fantastic work, Bruce.  It inspires me to at least consider doing a painting from an old black and white of my dad.  It would definitely be a good tonal value exercise.  It will be several lessons later.  I need to learn the basics first.

Your work is quite detailed and lovely.  Great work on an impossible commission.   :clap: :clap:
Kelley


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Reply #7 on: January 29, 2012, 10:09:27 AM
Having had to work from some pretty poor quality photos myself, I can really appreciate what you put into this portrait. I think you've done a banner job with this one, and in charcoal no less. You may remember what I said about me and pastels ...... me and charcoal? I make a rather striking black lady if I do say so myself!  :heeha:
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Reply #8 on: January 29, 2012, 10:31:59 AM
I was thinking you must be quite involved in a project or two that was keeping you away from Paintbasket, and I was right.   :)

You're doing a nice job with your charcoal painting.  I'm sure the person who commissioned you to do this will be very pleased.
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Reply #9 on: January 30, 2012, 06:38:00 PM
Well the portrait has been delivered and fee received. THe drawing is on its way to the framers already. THis is the second commission I have done for this client. The first was an oil portrait of her as a baby. The ref image was a tiny black and white photograph and I had to paint it life size and in colour. Technically very difficult. I'll post it if anyone's interested
THis image is slightly better than the first as it was taken without a flash .
Cheers Bruce


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Reply #10 on: January 30, 2012, 09:16:28 PM
Incredible work Bruce  :clap: :clap: :clap:.  Congratulations on the success.  It's a beauty.
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Reply #11 on: January 31, 2012, 01:51:32 AM
 :clap: Tremendous job Bruce.  :clap: I'd be at that one for years!
I'd love to see the portrait.
Cheers, Val

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Reply #12 on: January 31, 2012, 12:01:40 PM
Super job Bruce.  :clap: I agree it's very difficult to work from such a small reference picture. We get spoilt working from large images directly off the computer screen. A magnifying glass just doesn't work as well as the zoom feature on the computer  ;D


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Reply #13 on: February 01, 2012, 05:39:46 PM
Super job Bruce.  :clap: I agree it's very difficult to work from such a small reference picture. We get spoilt working from large images directly off the computer screen. A magnifying glass just doesn't work as well as the zoom feature on the computer  ;D
Yip that's for sure Nolan :crazy2:



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Reply #14 on: February 02, 2012, 03:33:53 AM
Bruce, you have done a superb job on this charcoal drawing...and that from such a small photo I take my hat off to you :urwelcome:
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