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Personal sketch card
2.5" X 3.5" Acrylic

Too bad I can't display this scan at life-size, too. Just... step back from your monitor a few feet.
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princeLaharl2 Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2013  Professional Writer
OLD. SCHOOL.
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80C Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2011
OOooo Shiny. Great stuff.
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DKuang Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2010  Professional General Artist
This is an amazing piece. The lighting and sheer detail is "OOOOH". I guess miniature shrew hair brushes weren't even small enough for some of the painting? ;P
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artofneff Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2010
ha! When working very small, the viscosity of the paint really comes into play, too. Still learning......
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DKuang Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2010  Professional General Artist
Yeah, more factors than just the brush alone. It's good that you're experimenting and learning though, keeps the head fresh. Besides, when should we stop learning? ;)
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NGoff Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2010  Professional General Artist
Love how you captured her movement and nice light coming through the hair. :XD:

Since you've worked both large and small, how do you feel about working on the card size in comparison?
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artofneff Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2010
Thanks Nicole! I was afraid I bit off more than I could chew when I started painting her hair.

Working this small conserves paint and might be a little bit faster, but it's difficult to make convincing edges. I also don't have to step back from the painting to scrutinize it. The small size limits how much detail I can add, which i think forces me to be more painterly and I like being able to display highly detailed scans for that reason. All the principles are the same of course, but it seems simpler or less intimidating to do all my learning on very small (insignificant?) canvases. Going back to large paintings will be a shock, but I'll use that time to focus more on edges and brushstroke techniques (and learning how to work with oils).
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NGoff Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2010  Professional General Artist
Well, 'sketch cards' are getting popular enough that Strathmore has marketed them too...some smooth, bristol, for water color...even 'envelopes' to put them in. I saw them at Michael's.
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artofneff Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2010
Yeah, I'm using them for PSCs. They're a little too thin for painting, though.
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NGoff Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2010  Professional General Artist
oh. If you get enough into that size and it's worth it...cut up some heavy duty stuff...even board....;P
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Jordiboys Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2010
Awesome work William!!!
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artofneff Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2010
Thanks Graham! I've got one more card for this client, and then I'll begin yours. (the good news is I seem to be getting a little better with each card)
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Jordiboys Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2010
Thats all cool - Cant wait to see them!!!
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bronxbandit Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2010
What a deep, rich visual! Wow! I can't believe you can cram so much detail onto such a small canvas. Kudos!
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artofneff Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2010
Thanks. Even my tiniest brushes had a hard time handling the detail of the face.
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tdastick Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2010
Wow, that's on a sketch card? :wow:
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SasaBralic Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2010  Professional General Artist
Nice work dude!
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artofneff Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2010
Thanks Sasa! I threw away a lot of failed attempts before I figured it out.
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SasaBralic Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2010  Professional General Artist
It's all trial and error ... lookin' good though
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