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I need a good spanking- FINISHED

edited 12:26PM in Post Your Paintings
After promising myself I would only paint portraits from a decent photo, I have taken this on for a dear friend. It’s a photo of her and her sister from the 1980s. The sister ( blonde) has recently suffered a catastrophic brain injury and my friend wanted a portrait of them together when they were young and fancy free. The photo is ripped, faded and taken with a flash, GREAT! They both have Green/blue eyes in real life, in the photo they are red/brown ha ha.
Let the fun begin  :o


mariebFlattyLeo2015jeff

Comments

  • Good one, @Summer@Boudicca, the drawing is fantastic. I don't think this is going to be as big a challenge as you might think. Till you get to their hair anyway. I hope they will both be able to enjoy this.
    SummerBoudicca
  • I like the photo and the drawing so far. About eyes u can try to change colour in a program mixing the RGB channel and save one photo only for the eyes. Looking forward :)
    Boudicca
  • @Boudicca, it is going to work out fine ! Be careful what you say about “ spanking” you wouldn’t want anyone to take you seriously  B)
    Boudicca
  • Boudicca

    Flash photography indoors will give you black distended pupils. Even worse is the dreaded red eye.
    Flash also kills shadow and usually burns highlights, but with slow film and budget cameras there ain’t much choice.

    Suggest you match eye colour from life or a recent/decent photo of your dear friend.

    Denis

    Boudicca
  • The right shoulder of the person in front looks off.
    Leo2015Boudicca
  • It just needs to be rounded off a bit. 
    Boudicca
  • dencal said:
    Boudicca

    Flash photography indoors will give you black distended pupils. Even worse is the dreaded red eye.
    Flash also kills shadow and usually burns highlights, but with slow film and budget cameras there ain’t much choice.

    Suggest you match eye colour from life or a recent/decent photo of your dear friend.

    Denis

    The distended pupils are a result of factors other than the flash - working title, The Morning After the Night  Before  ;)
    dencalJulianna
  • SummerSummer -
    edited April 8
    Boudicca said:
    dencal said:
    Boudicca

    Flash photography indoors will give you black distended pupils. Even worse is the dreaded red eye.
    Flash also kills shadow and usually burns highlights, but with slow film and budget cameras there ain’t much choice.

    Suggest you match eye colour from life or a recent/decent photo of your dear friend.

    Denis

    The distended pupils are a result of factors other than the flash - working title, The Morning After the Night  Before  ;)
    Or, maybe it was how they felt about the person taking the photograph.  Hmm  :3
  • Summer and Boudicca

    An Interesting aside:



    This is Solanum Nigrum otherwise known as Deadly Nightshade (or Bella Donna)
    It grows as a common pioneer weed around here and is related to the tomato and potato family.
    The white flowers produce green berries and are poisonous. Once ripe and black they are similar to tomato in flavor. The birds love them, which explains their successful distribution strategy.

    The interesting fact is that this is the plant used to by 18th c ladies to increase the size of their pupils to subliminally signal to a man that she was interested. (We don't stand a chance huh!)

    Opticians also use this substance as a pupil dilator in order to examine the retina.

    Keep an watch out for this plant its a real eye opener  ;)

    Denis

    SummerBOB73mariebBoudicca
  • Hey @Dencal it is true, and I found amazing people outside the world of medicine love this things :) As a interesting fact the reflex of mydriasis (pupils dilatation) is linked with the lens relaxation which makes a person focusing only from very close distance...that explains why man had such strange fake hair at the time when the plant was used, women were actually blind and couldn't see nothing over 30 centimeters.. :D
    SummerBoudicca
  • I have eaten the berries of these, can only eat when the berries are fully black otherwise toxic, tasty treat. The chooks love them.
    Summer
  • Boudicca said:
    I have eaten the berries of these, can only eat when the berries are fully black otherwise toxic, tasty treat. The chooks love them.
    Did the men love the effect too? ;)
    Kaustav
  • Richard_P said:
    Boudicca said:
    I have eaten the berries of these, can only eat when the berries are fully black otherwise toxic, tasty treat. The chooks love them.
    Did the men love the effect too? ;)
    Well, what can I say, Leonardo carted me around for years, couldn’t let go.......

    Truthfully? You don’t want to eat too many of these, no one wants to be around the digestive effects of these things, lol.
    marieb
  • SummerSummer -
    edited April 12
    Thanks @dencal, @Bobitaly, @Richard_P and @Boudicca ; Funny coincidence here because I've been reading about plant lectins lately and their strategies to protect themselves and their babies from being eaten by us and other animals--until the time is right to spread their seeds.  The more sugary they are the safer they are to eat.  Because the sugar is fructose, you will feel like eating lots and lots.  I'll never have the pleasure of eating Deadly Nightshade berries, unfortunately, because I live in another part of the world.  But I have undergone the eye tests mentioned.  Thanks for the information.  Really enjoyed it.  Summer
  • Very informative and entertaining thread. It proves once again "where there is ART there is also WISDOM" but I kinda liked the spanking reference as opposed to the morning after.
  • Summer

    Just remembered the name of the active substance used as a pupil dilator is Atropine.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Atropine?wprov=sfti1


    Denis

    Summer
  • BOB73 said:
    Very informative and entertaining thread. It proves once again "where there is ART there is also WISDOM" but I kinda liked the spanking reference as opposed to the morning after.
    Ha ha @BOB73- the spanking reference was about me needing a spanking for attempting to paint such a poor quality reference photo which I swore I would not do after my last portrait. However, I like the title “ The morning after a good spanking”, it  would explain the hair, lol 
    BOB73marieb
  • edited May 22
    One down, one to go

    Progress has been s....l.....o.....w... on this, the photo is so bad I saw no point in trying to keep too accurate, introduce a bit more colour to the skin- other than orange and paler orange in the photo and bumped up the contrast as well, eyes are brown in the photo, green blue IRL. Its also a bit more flattering, moved away from the just spanked, bug eyed scenario.
    dencalPaulBSummerjeff
  • You certainly have the likenesses.  Looks like face #2 has some blending work needed.  I’m hoping  to see you render that poster on the wall.  Great opportunity there to really plant this painting in time.

    Not sure there’s anything you could have done to make this harder.  How much fun was doing that hair?
  • I love your choice of photo and how it exudes friendship.  A nice motif for a painting. 
  • Face number two just has some vague underpainting/ very rough. Face number one needs a bit of blending
    The divinyls poster at the back was composited in, my friend isn’t sure whether or not she wants it in there yet. I think the hair- which was fun to do, pretty much plants the painting in time lol.
    Summertyrohne
  • edited September 10
    Don't worry about how long it takes. One brush stroke after another, one day at a time. That's all you need to do. Your painting is really improving. Don't rush this one or I'll take you up on the good spanking.

    It may not be a good reference photo you're working from but the painting 's looking good, @Boudicca. I look forward to seeing it develop. Post updates.  :)
    Boudicca
  • edited September 10
    It's coming along beautifully! I don't know if the following will help but,  my year of working on my flower, been through everything imaginable, including much gut wrecthing to do it. I am bigger inside than the adversity that I face, wether inside of me or outside, wanted or not. You are the bridge that gets you there. One my favorite qotes, "when you are mountain, everything else is weather." Looking forward!
    tassieguyBOB73Boudicca
  • edited September 11
    That's a great quote, @Forgiveness:)
  • Speaking from experience, I think the spanking is the better deal @Boudicca.  lol
    mariebBoudicca
  • naughty girls.  The portraits are very  good especially working from that old photo. Instead of wallpaper why not just have a framed picture or painting on the wall or just leave it blue. Is it worth the extra tedium?
    Summermarieb
  • The amazing thing is how you nailed that hair!!!  I look forward to seeing this progress.
    Boudicca

  • Slowly but surely. More work to do on blondes face. Sent a photo to her sister to make sure I was keeping the likeness. She cried, so I’m on the right track  I’ve got to put a cushion in the unfinished area on the right. Sorry @Ossie, this is a “drip, drip WIP”  =)
    PaulBForgivenessBobitaly
  • Finished.
    OIl on birch.
    20x16
    Geneva paint plus turquoise (Art Spectrum) and Quinacridone magenta (Langridge) and lead white ( Michael Harding)
    I used a lot of layers and glazing for this one.
    The reference photo was a 30 year old ripped and faded snapshot taken using a flash (how fabulous)
    I changed a number of elements from the original reference which lacked colour and contrast.



    BobitalyPaulBtassieguy
  • Looks fabulous, @Boudicca, especially considering the poor reference photo you had to work from. Love the lively composition.  I was a bit unsure about your wall paper idea but I  really think it works. Well done! :)
    Bobitaly
  • That’s really well done.  Congratulations!
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