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I've been getting a ton of really great info here and on my blog about traditional work. I thought I'd post something I did yesterday for a study... it's a small (8x10) practice referencing a Bouguereau painting.

I painted off and on during the afternoon yesterday. It was mainly to test out how to do my drawing underneath the oils. I did a sketch in pencil, and then inked over it with acrylic paint (obviously "inked" maybe isn't the best verb because I didn't use ink but oh well!). I used black paint and then erased my pencil when it dried. Then I did an acrylic wash of a bluish grey color over the surface, when it all dried I just began painting with oils. I like this method a lot, though I can see how it would be difficult if you don't have a reference to go on... I do think this method suits me though. I can make my references digitally, either paint them in photoshop or take reference pictures... or like.. both. Dan Dos Santos has this awesome way of photomaniping his reference so it's really close to his final piece, and then he just bases his oil painting on it. Genius!

I think I will do the linework much lighter next time, the harsh black is visible under my oils (you can still see some of the lines through her skin!) though in bigger paintings I will probably lay the oils on a little thicker :)

Though I was wondering... I've seen people do ink drawings for their oil paintings (and other things) with India Ink. I've never used india ink and I wonder what it's qualities are? Would it be better than acrylic paint for line work..? I'd just paint over it entirely anyway... :0

Windsor & Newton Artists' Oil Color
umm.. 3 hours I think.

P.S. If anyone thinks this is mature content I'll probably start crying myself to sleep at night!

P.P.S. Oh my god... this is actually considered mature? really? I'm kind of sad for the people who think a classical painting would hurt or disturb a young mind. Maybe I was "mature" for a kid, but even at like 7 years old I could look at classical paintings/sculptures and see they were beautiful.

When I look at Biblis, (the painting I referenced), I can see nothing but innocence, purity, and natural beauty. Though I DO appreciate the trouble the DA staff might have, since i'm sure we have a large amount of say.. naked anime chicks with huge tits and their authors claiming it is artistic nudity or whatever. If my my naked chick isn't mature why should theirs be? The admins do what they have to, and if they have to mark all nudity as mature in order to mark some, I understand..

However I do hope, I sincerely hope the person who reported this wasn't offended by the nudity. Not so much because I don't want to scar their otherwise untainted mind with a nipple, but because how strange their mind must work... either they ARE offended by the pink dot on the page, or they are just a DeviantArt robocop who skulks DA looking for policy violations to report. Personally I am leaning toward the latter, and I'd rather have a rule enforcer on the loose than a person scared of their own body when they take a shower.

With all that being said, I think I'm going to stop posting many of my studies to DA, especially the ones with nudity. I love my watchers, they're incredible incredible people who give me more support and encouragement than they even mean to i'm sure. But It's kind of... a strange feeling to have your work censored, It makes me feel uncomfortable. So I'm going to post them in my blog instead, so please come check it out! [link]
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LateStarter63 Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
A beautiful study!  I used Biblis for one of my drawings, when I was in still in the early stages of developing my technique
mossekaos Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2014
this is really good. You are obviously very tallented. Congratulations!
jbillustration Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
very nice
jerrodkilla Featured By Owner May 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Phenomenal work
GabrielleKelly Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2012  Professional General Artist
Unfortunately, the free body itself, no matter its age or content or form, is something we apparently need to be 'protected' from. I wish society would stop perverting everything honest and natural.

I'll have to check out your blog, because this is a great study.
Salvia21 Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
arodmp Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2011
great job
taydify Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Piicasso Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
... 'practice' O___________________________O *dying of air shortage*
Kakkelakk Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Looks really amazing! :)
Cheese-just-cheese Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2010
Also, you know you don't have to censor stuff like this.
It's the obcene trashy tuff that's supposed to be hidden. This is fine.
Cheese-just-cheese Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2010
Beautiful! THe anatomy is outstanding, and the colors are soft and muted, but still expressive. INSTANT FAV!
Distracted-Chey Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2010
SorchaAgusSaor Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2010
A beautiful piece!
Ziggyman Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2010  Professional General Artist
Very classical take. I like, Sad to read you stopped uploading your studies. But if you let writed critics control your life and decisions, even small ones like the ones here, what would happen in real life?
shadow-hostage Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
This is so lovely. I've just recently started painting with oils and the pencil was a mistake quickly learned. I might try this technique of "inking" and see what happens.

I'm glad you'll be posting art on your blog, I'll have to start watching that.
Prima-Donna Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2009  Professional
Coming from a highly conservative family, I know that if I had painted that and my mother saw it, I would get burned at the stake. Well...lectured and asked rude questions, at any rate. I've also seen my young niece, who has no problem with me walking in on her in the shower to adjust the complicated water temperature for her, get uncomfortable when she spotted a nude I had drawn. So, to me, the concept of it needing a mature warning is a no-brainer. Some people just don't get it. Having said that, though, I do agree that it should not need a mature warning. It is wonderfully beautiful in composition, anatomy acuracy, and contrast. In my mind, it is a celebration of innocence and the beauty of the female physique.

tmdesigninvitatii Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2009
You call this practice? 3 hours? I love it!
shy-boy Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2009  Student
desalete Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2009  Professional Artist
Well, whoever reported this is a lame ass.
This is beautiful. Amazing. Breathtaking. I wish I was half as talented as you are.
dashinvaine Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2009
Nice copy. Another unfortunate victim of the gestapo-esque OZNP eh? (Over Zealous Nipple Police, eh?
GretchenO Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2009
This is absolutely beautiful. Her flesh is so natural looking. I think you need to do more traditional works.
tman2009 Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2009
Great work~~~
Himoru Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2009
This is amazing, and you are amazing!
hatchery Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2009
This is seriously amazing, and I love how you captured the tones and everything.
I should really get myself into oil painting. It looks like alot of fun!
vsmyrniotis Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2009   General Artist
This is beautiful. I understand your stance on the censorship of it. I had to fight my teacher for years in high school to allow the classical nudity I had been painting and drawing. But even in high school, the rules and regulations don't establish that there is enough maturity to allow artistic nudes to be displayed or turned in for credit. Even in high school!!

Thank you for posting your technique, as well! I'm tempted to try it if you were able to get such lovely results. :aww:
teekesselchen Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2009  Student General Artist
i seriously had this picture stuck in my message center for almost a month just because i loved the idea of the thumb of this gorgeous picture awaiting me whenever i come to dA.
now it's time for me to fav it :)
Quando-Quando Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2009  Student General Artist
This is gorgeous. The colours that you used and the technique really make it look like it was a classical painting from, say, the Impressionist era.

I'm sorry that this was considered as mature, and I do agree with all the points you've made. It is artistic and I feel that it should be seen as such too. ^^ Now I'm definitely watching your DA and your blog, though. LOL

Thank you very much for all the inspiration! This makes me want to sit down and work on a painting in Photoshop and now I can't wait for my new year at my art college. ^^
dkbg Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2009  Student General Artist
so tons of people have already told you, with good reason, that this is fantastic! i've only taken one class on oil painting but your skin tone here is gorgeous, as is the painting itself.
if you're looking for an easy way to preserve your under drawing without it getting in to your paint you can always just put a thin coat of gesso over everything before you start putting the oil (or acrylic, or whatever) down
moonbeamballerina Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2009
This is so beautiful. I know nothing about painting, so sadly I can't answer any of your questions, but I can tell you that you did a wonderful job.
In regards to the "mature content" thing, it is strange what some people report - I once had a photo of mine reported because it had half of my bare back in it... either way, I'm sad that you won't be putting up as many of your studies due to this, but I will just have to go look at your blog more now :)
ipeksen Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2009
you did this in 3 hours? no f.'in way.

lol sorry. i'm just amazed :D
bolsterstone Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2009   General Artist
Glad to see that you've kept in touch with your traditional routes. Very nicely done! :-)
2wildturkey Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2009
hi nothing offensive here,some people! i've had the same problem.i prefer acrylic for an uderpainting but try both,lovely painting,think you should do a lot more like this!
michaelstewart Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2009  Professional General Artist
I want to learn how to paint, do you rad any books to learn?
chibidragongal2 Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2009
You are amazing! :wow:
Bixel Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2009
Woah... besides maybe the hair that's really impressive! So beautiful, and refreshing to see this instead of the doodlies and jazz from other peeps (especially than modern art, long live the classics!)
rissbutts Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2009  Student Digital Artist
I've been pondering oil paintings, even just black and white, for awhile...I think I would really like to try it. It always comes out with a beautiful effect that nothing, not even Corel Painter, can mimic the proper way.

I heard that using linework in a color closer to the colors you will be using helps with the "cartoony" lines. I don't remember the classic artist that does this, but he used a sienna or burnt ochre for the linework in his paintings as it blended in better with the final product.

Anyways, this is a BEAUTIFUL reproduction and it really seems like you are grasping the medium really well!
Frankenstrat22 Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2009
It is a sad day in art when a piece such as this slapped with a mature label when there isn't an ounce of sexuality radiating from this piece. Anyway, you can use india ink for the outline or you can use a pale yellow acrylic to outline the figure. I like to use the pale yellow to outline the figure, but india ink might work as well, I never tried it. Just make sure it dries or else you will have unwanted darks in your figure. Charcoal seems messy when apply it to a canvas, it will make your image appear dirty.
imaginarymagdalena Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2009
this is beautiful!
and i love seeing these kinds of things on DA. You shoudln't feel like u should stop posting them.
SilverRS Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2009
wow, want paint as you

wingedcentaur Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2009  Student Traditional Artist
Instead of black, you can "ink" in a neutral skin color. I never even use pencil to sketch.
vas-is-nus Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
beautifull <3333
LadyMask Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2009  Student
This is beautiful. You are so talented with both digital and traditional...I believe I'll be watching you :D
lofidesires Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2009
i like the feeling of weight
DarkMoonLily Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2009
I love this <3 I don't see how it needs mature content =/ wtf.
rylander Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2009
Great work!
Craftyrei2 Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2009  Student
this is really lovely, keep up the oils!
Bassmark Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2009
Nice Work, Have you ever considered gesso and sanding for a smoother surface? The canvas texture is a little distracting. Otherwise the esthetics is good. :woohoo:

Guiltfeeder566 Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is pretty cool. Is oil much better then acrylic? Not a fan of acrylic, hate it actually.
katiedesousa Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
i see people do amazing things with acrylic, but personally i like to use oils ^^
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