hand colored (informal) portrait

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  1. terri

    terri Administrator Staff Member Supporting Member

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    I hadn't done a hand colored portrait in ages, so when I came across this discarded print over the weekend I decided it would be good practice.

    This was shot at one of my art festivals last fall, when I ran a test roll with my 150mm lens for the Mamiya 645. I remember not liking the reflection on the glasses, so put the print aside.

    Took me forever to get the skin tones right, then had to work on getting a realistic looking starting-to-gray stubble. :razz:




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    Thanks for looking! :)
     
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    Looks three dimensional. Beautiful palette, Terri. I really like the purples & yellows in the background. And the skin tones are great.

    You make it look easy.:thumbup:
     
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    Thank you, Jazz. :D Easy, it was not. There are 3 different flesh tone oils here, and a whole lot of blending going on. :lol:

    I knew that lens was going to push him into the foreground, and after I had painted him in, it looked a mite too "color-photograph" like to me....so I played some with the background colors to add a bit of whimsey.
     
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    You added all those colours????


    *insert the language you say I use* me!
     
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    nice job as usual
     
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    Wow, great job!
     
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    Thanks so much, guys! :)
     
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    I have always liked the hand colored photographs. This one is awesome. Nice colors and a job well done.
     
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    great work, terri!
    the skintones are absolutely great!
    you did it all with the oils?
    ...i really know how hard it can be sometimes...
    great, great!
    a.
     
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    i'm impressed!

    hand coloring is not for me . . . :(
     
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    Anja! :sun: So good to see you. Yes, this portrait was done all with the photo oils - it took several layers to get the skin tone right.

    Thanks, all! I really appreciate the kind comments. :)
     

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