View Full Version : My painting of Indian Larry - bike builder

Victor Osaka
04-25-2014, 08:19 AM
I like it as my first effort in portraits. The next one will be better i'm sure. It was fun, but difficult to do.

I used a reference photograph by Timothy White


04-25-2014, 09:18 AM
You "knifed" him pretty well. Good skin texture... Yeah, got the same trouble with hair/fur, but mostly because i loose part of patience by the time a got there :-)

04-25-2014, 10:15 AM
very nice work Victor, I like the steely - aluminum background it adds a gritty element that matches the face... a very impressive effort..:):):)

D Akey
04-25-2014, 10:36 AM
Really not bad at all for a starter. You got a good likeness I imagine. It's certainly plausible even though I don't know what this fellow looks like. I think perhaps the only thing for the next one would be to clarify the form/details a little. It's all pretty much there, but I think there's something appealing as an artist about showing mastery over the materials and this softness suggests a little uncertainty -- totally appropriate for a first go, but you went way farther than most do on a fledgling venture and deserve very high marks. This is actually very good and feels like you know where everything belongs, something it normally takes a while for folks to grok. And just that much being right will take you a long long way because the technique will sort itself out as you become more deliberate.

Bravo, Victor!

Victor Osaka
04-25-2014, 12:53 PM
I certainly appreciate the encouragement! I wonder how long it will be before I can develop a "style" of my own? It's all experimental at this point. And it's all fun at this point. And I love it. Thanks guys.

04-25-2014, 01:58 PM
Very full of feeling on this fellow. His side is a little dark (could be my monitor though...)

I like his eyes, they speak volumes and those are important structures. Windows to the soul and that... Patience is a learned trait and one that I still have problems with. I get too excited and want to keep going. I keep a lot of my images on my walls around the house to remind me of what my impatience does to me. When I sign a painting it's technically finished and I won't go back over it again. I might start another copy, but that first one is officially finished. It shows me progress.

I didn't realize this was a first time portrait until I re-read your comments. This is quite a good start and when you figure out how to develop your own style let me know. I've been searching for mind for nearly 25 years. I find it changes as life changes around me.

Victor Osaka
04-25-2014, 02:23 PM
MagenSparks, I can appreciate your what you wrote.

04-25-2014, 09:23 PM
A very impressive portrait. I love the expression in the eyes.

04-25-2014, 11:33 PM
Great portrait, well done. Love the eyes:)