View Full Version : The Dreaded Self Portrait! (WIP added page 3)

02-17-2010, 12:07 PM
It has probably been at least 20 years since I have tried one of these. They are challenging on so many different levels it's ridiculous! It's difficult not to constantly try to correct what you don't like about yourself knowing that if you do, it won't be you! Urrggg! The other problem is that my mental image of myself is much younger and thinner so I feel like I'm painting an older person version of myself... but it's not, it's me! lol!!! Thanks for checking it out!:D

02-17-2010, 12:11 PM
This is beautiful Eddie. Excellent work!:)

02-17-2010, 12:13 PM
Hmmm.. mean and moody... neat work butch!

02-17-2010, 12:14 PM
Hi Eddie,yes I know what you mean ,very challenging to draw and paint yourself.
Looks to me you have done yourself proud,the lighting and colour make your portrait look interesting and moody,well done mate.;):):):)

L Skylar Brown
02-17-2010, 12:30 PM
You have a lot of company on this one. I fear doing a self portrait for exactly the reason that I'm afraid I either won't be honest, or I won't like what I see (do)if I am honest!

02-17-2010, 12:33 PM
Fantastic painting mate. Very consistent and intriguing lighting. Great one !!!!

02-17-2010, 12:49 PM
Very well done, great colors and light. Very nice indeed.

02-17-2010, 01:28 PM
Tremendous job. Excellent work on the colors and shadows!

02-17-2010, 03:29 PM
Thank you Rose, Sandra, Neil, Scott, LSB, Belvrog, Oriane, and barnburner!

Hahaha, the reference photo I used I must admit is not one of the happiest looking photos of me but I liked the light in it. I wasn't really planning on posting this as I was painting it (otherwise I probably would have used a different reference of me). I think I will have it printed life-size on canvas and hung in the entryway of our home to scare the living daylights out of anyone who comes through our front door! LOL!:rolleyes::):)

Neil - Too funny, my fathers nickname is Butch! Hahaha!:D:D

02-17-2010, 03:31 PM
Eddie, terrific - mood, lighting, colors, spirit, and hey, a great looking guy. I can imagine how challenging, but you've delivered in your characteristic observation of detail that brings together a really satisfying whole. It's sometimes a bit customary here to say "you should fame this one", but, you know what, "you should frame this one." :):):):)

Edit: Eddie: I see we crossed posts. You SHOULD paint it large and hang it. But it's not the least scary. It's just got such a wonderfully observed mood, and so much better than a typical happy face. Great character in here.

Second Edit: You know, at least here, you look a bit like Harrison Ford. :D

02-17-2010, 08:45 PM
Ha, ha, ha, ha, sketch... i like the portrait as everybody said... the light and colors are perfect and the guy is handsome... so what... paint one more....:)

02-17-2010, 09:24 PM
Wonderful, wonderful portrait Sketch.:)

02-17-2010, 10:02 PM
Although this absolutely excellent self-portrait looks disappointed as Yourself, dear Sketch, probably for the same registry office reasons You expressed, :D I don't see any particular offence you got against Your charm by chronological factors. ;)
Moreover, due to the fact that from my age position I've to turn backward in by far most of the cases when I consider the mates in here birth years, I think my next self-portrait, if ever, should look much more disappointed than this one ...:p

02-18-2010, 12:18 AM
Wonderful Sketch looks fantastic:):)

02-18-2010, 10:31 AM
Hey Sketch,
wow, everyone here is right!! It's a great portrait!
What I really dig about this is the piercing gaze..that intensity about the eyes that you managed to capture ( or improved ;) as you said in the first post, haha), but in either case it's a marvelous painting and persona!

D Akey
02-18-2010, 10:35 AM
Kinda like a cross between an image by Andrew Wyeth and the paperback illustrator Bama (both top flight in my estimation).

This is a phenomenal portrait. So much is seen both in the expression, pose, lighting and brushwork. I think you needn't fear it any longer, dear fellow.

Classy, human, deep all at once.

Byron's right. Frame it. You have some prints from your digital work as I recall. This is decidedly one for that end.

02-18-2010, 02:29 PM
Very, very brave of you. And it looks great. Did you show it to your family yet?

Rob in Denver
02-18-2010, 02:31 PM
Hey, this is great and if we ever get that cup o coffee I will know who I am looking for in the coffee shop. Really moody, and i like that. As always nicely done indeed, as only you can do it!
But--if I ever do a self portrait I will see it as a perfect opportunity to take great liberties with age, looks and everything else! Afterwards you will not really recognize me coming through the coffee shop door! Just a warning!

Bob Row
02-18-2010, 03:20 PM
Hey! can't we look at this mastering portrait (self or otherwise) in more detail? We all wanna stole your skills, don't you know?

02-18-2010, 04:50 PM
Thanks everybody!!!

Byron, thank you so much for the very kind comment! The main reason I ended up posting this was I was fairly impressed with the paint style of it. I rarely use the brush but have been working with it a lot more lately. Thank you for not being scared!:D:D

Thank you AT-TA! Perhaps I will paint another one some day but for now I think it's onward and forward!:):)

Coops thank you for the great comment!:D:D

Caesar, thank you dear friend! I'm sure the day will come (sooner rather than later) that I look back at this and wish I was this young. Youth is wasted on the young isn't it? That statement is making more sense with every passing year!;):)

Thank you for checking it out mannafig!:D:D

Thanks Fly! I'm not sure if that stare is intensified or not. According to my wife, it is a good resemblance but she did think I looked a little intense in it. I have that "Let's get this self portrait business over with" look on my face! lol!!:):)

D Akey... You absolutely made my day...year! To even be mentioned in the same statement as Andrew Wyeth deems this painting a 100% success to me. Thank you!!! He is one of my favs and I have "stare studied" his work over and over again trying to figure out how he so simply yet extremely effectively delivers such emotion and mood in his paintings! Bama I did not know by name but his work looks very familiar to me. Another excellent artist.:D:D:D

Thank you Foxy! Yes, my son was home sick the morning I painted it and was my only source of honest verification I had while painting it. My family feels that the resemblance is about 99% but I think my wife would have rather me look a bit happier! lol!:):)

Rob! Hahaha... I would LOVE to see a self portrait from you. I can only imagine what you would come up with in your awesome style. It would be a masterpiece! By the way, you probably will recognize me from this painting because the intensity on my face is probably what I look like before I have my coffee. Thanks for the comment!:D:D

Bob, thank you for the comment! I actually snapped some screen shots while doing this. Sometimes I do that to help me remember how I achieved a certain effect. I didn't plan on posting them but I guess they really aren't doing much sitting on my hard drive! Not really a tutorial but at least it kinda shows how this took shape.

100% AR. Used brush tool set to 50% load and 50% thinner. Lot's of knife on smudge for blending. Used Smooth Canvas texture for base layer but set layer roughness to 0% on the painted and sketched layers. 3 layers total. 1 for background, 1 for me, and top layer for the sketch.

02-18-2010, 04:52 PM
Second set

02-18-2010, 10:44 PM
Sketch:eek::eek::eek: very nice technique.

02-19-2010, 05:45 AM
what an amazing painting, Sketch! I actually came through here a few days ago and was on the phone so I didn't have an opportunity to reply at that time. Had to come back and say something here. THANK YOU for posting your screen shots of the process also. As a new artist, it's so so helpful to see how people achieve certain looks and that's a really really great idea about screen shots to help remember certain aspects of your work. I'm definitely adopting that idea! :) Well done on this Sketch, great job.

02-19-2010, 06:10 AM
Sketch, thanks for the screen shots - wonderful to see the progression and how you worked the whole thing. I'm still in the print, frame and hang on the wall camp with this one. :)

02-19-2010, 11:00 AM
Hey Sketch, great to see the process!!
& yup I'm pitching in with Byron on this, you gotta frame it up!!

02-19-2010, 11:08 AM
Nothing to dread! It is very well done.

02-19-2010, 05:44 PM
Thank you Oriane, Firefyt, Byron, Fly, and Jibes!

Firefyt - those screen shots have come in handy from time to time. My process seems so different with each project I sometimes forget how I achieved a certain effect.

Byron and fly, perhaps this would be a good painting to try out a small canvas print job. I think the brush work on this would look pretty nice on canvas. Thanks for your encouragement!:)

Mike Severoff
02-19-2010, 09:45 PM
super! (and your comment too)
ps. but what is WIP? :)

D Akey
02-19-2010, 10:46 PM
super! (and your comment too)
ps. but what is WIP? :)

Hi McKlay,

WIP = Work In Progress

Mike Severoff
02-19-2010, 11:00 PM
WIP = Work In Progress

thank you!

02-19-2010, 11:14 PM
Hi scket
think your fabulous self portrait and very well done. fantastic work congratulations:eek::D:D:D

02-22-2010, 06:49 PM
Incredible.....as always, Sketch! Your self-portrait is so exquisitely done, dear sir! I really like your soft palette of browns and with it mixed with your wonderful artistic style, it adds so much charm and intrigue to this portrait painting.

BTW.....I still see that lil' Charlie Brown in this grown up man! So glad you're a fan of his, too by your avatar! The Peanuts crew were my favorite cartoon to draw when I was young. I could draw Charlie and Snoopy without looking because I drew them so much!

02-22-2010, 06:53 PM
Incredible painting Sketch.:eek::cool::) A great milestone to do such an accomplished self portrait so a huge cyber toast to you :):)

The character is fabulous, direct, open, honest, laid back and humble is how i interpret the look of the face and pose of the body. This to me matches your web persona perfectly :):)

02-22-2010, 07:46 PM
Dear Eddie,

Byron just showed me this, and hey, you're a really handsome guy and this is a great portrait. I agree so much with other comments here - you should print and frame it and hang it prominently.

I hope you don't mind that Byron and I both continue to be big fans. We're not stalking you yet, but paintings like this could shift the scales. :)