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Painting from life session step by step process

Figure painting from life step by step.  Painting from life session step by step process. This is half way through...don't know if I could finish it like I wanted to.

Portrait painting from life session last night, 3 hrs (unfinished). Forgot how hard it is to do it from life. I have not been to life drawing session in a while. I used to go at least twice a week (three to four hours on each session, gesture, sketches, paintings) back when I have lots of free time. I did that for at least four to five year even when I already have a good art career going. The point is, I believe, I can never get sick or done of learning. Drawing, painting has always be continuous learning experience for me. The imitation of realism practice or create something beautiful that mimic realism...or life. Like conceptual art, environmental, character, landscape and so on.... We all have to study it from real subject as our best option. Reference photo comes into play as convenience and useful. But live subject is undeniably best to practice from.

I should have also study more perspective.
Well, I am still learning more and more then hopefully I will get faster and better and environmental as well.

Here are the process of the painting I did from the life painting session lastnight.
It takes me the total of 3 hours so far. To be continue next week session.
NOTE: the rest of her body is still very scribbly, I wasn't able to get it done in time so... :)

Here is the final image of painting portrait from life session.

The painting was done digitally on my laptop and wacom on my lap. It was kinda awkward sitting up on the bench, but I pull it thru. I used Photoshop because I was too lazy to set up the old painting tool...and some of the tool are not well prepare since I have not paint in oil in a long while. So I go with the easy tool... :) And no mass.

*If I have some time, I will have some text accompany the images but as of can just take a look and guess or analyze what I did. Enjoy...

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Final Image so far
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Here is a close up of a model face
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Drawing Software & Tools I used and recommended:-Genius MousePen 6x8
-Wacom Intuos3 6X8 Pen Tablet
-Bamboo (Small) Pen Tablet (new from Wacom!) Economy for everyone.Softwares:
-Gimp (Free Download)
-Adobe Photoshop CS4 (Professional software)
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Ferhat Salgin said…
Looks very good! But do you always do your life sessions digital??
Where do you go for life sessions in some university course or what? Can you give us a little story about it if you have time mate? :)
Luca said…
Xia at first glance I gave to this painting I thaught it was done with real oil paint! The brushes that give this effect, you already posted them on the blog? I just have so many brushes in Photoshop that I don't know which ones mimic this style...

Also, I have to be honest, I've been studying a bit on the history and some great masters, and am really interested in getting more involved with oil paint.
Check out Arthur Suydam... a great illustrator (now working on Marvel Zombies). Very inspiring Xia...unless you don't know about him already!
Andrew Wong said…
This is a funny coincidence... I just got home from a life drawing session at school. Not only that, but I also painted digitally!

I have always used either charcoal or china marker at these sessions, but I have been trying to practice with color for a while--so I rested my laptop on a flattened easel and drew with a tablet.

My warmup gestures turned out rubbish with the tablet, but I learned a lot by being able to quickly lay down values over large areas. I always struggled with being too conservative with applying values beyond 6, but with digital tools I can work both subtractively and additively, editing after the fact.

I'll post my drawings in the community page for some feedback.
Taku Kaneko said…
how many dpis do you use for a picture? or what is the size you use usually?
Your blog is very inspiring! I love it! -shiro
idrawgirls said…
Akyo> Thx, but no...I always did them in oil or traditional medium. But since it's been a while...all my equipment has to be re-clean and some of the tubes has dry out. My palette is dirty. Digital is the only solution I have for the moment. :)

Luca> Yes, you have them...I gave them to you a while back...tons of scribbly brushes. No I don't know him, but now I do thx

Andrew> I saw that, real nice...already comment on it. Gestures are a bit tricky, it's hard to get used to but in can master them with minimum effort. It will make you become consistent with your line work. Work with traditional medium is best...and WORK BIG so you can get your whole shoulder moving.

Metal: Usually 200dpis Most speed painting I am doing are 900 x 1200 (x2 or x3 depending on how much time I have) Thanks bro
idrawgirls said…
Poke> Thanks brother!