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Is this woman real?

A facinating look at how someone reproduced from scratch a picture of a model. in about 70 to 100 hours of work.

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This painting started as an exercise for a portrait workshop I taught in 2005. In order to provide the best reference for my students, I took a digital photograph in my studio of a local model (Tica) with my Nikon Coolpix 8700, then printed copies for each student on my Epson 9600 printer.

The goal was to work from reference that provided great lighting, good detail, and accurate skin tones. I intentionally lit and posed Tica in the manner of the old masters, but used contemporary portrait studio elements (such as the smile and white background), to expose the most subtle nuances of her face.

Tica has incredible skin, with a challenging range of colors. As it turned out, the range of colors in her skin proved to be a little overwhelming.

Normally, it takes me about 7 or 8 colors to recreate an individual's skin palette, and I blend those on the board to create many more. However with Tica, I found it necessary to mix around 20 different colors to capture her range of color.

There were also a few interesting artifacts introduced by the digital camera such as a blue halo around the earring, but I decided to include them in the final painting, because they seemed visually interesting.

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By netchicken: posted on 5-10-2007

She looks terrible! Her nose is too big, and her eyes are distorted like she is slightly cross eyed!

Nature makes them better.

Nice work though..
By IAF: posted on 5-10-2007

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