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Some of my faithful followers here have asked for a portrait painting demo. I finally got around to making one. I hope you like it.

Video: youtu.be/lKUjgdY_caA

Thanks for watching!

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John Larriva
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s-sharifi Featured By Owner 15 hours ago  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
How long does it take on average for you to complete a painting? I've considered dabbling in oil but I am also impatient haha
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VampireHungerStrike Featured By Owner 8 hours ago  Professional Traditional Artist
Most of my paintings are small and only take 2-4 hours.
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PageOHaraWriter Featured By Owner 21 hours ago  Student Digital Artist
What do you use for reference images? Are they your own photos? Just wondering :D
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VampireHungerStrike Featured By Owner 8 hours ago  Professional Traditional Artist
I reference photos(others and my own), life, and imagination(internalized reference).
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PageOHaraWriter Featured By Owner 2 hours ago  Student Digital Artist
Cool! I find it hard to work eithout reference yet but I'm practicing :D
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1shouldbe1 Featured By Owner Edited Mar 22, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Just looked at a very good tutorial on painting with computer programs. I would be interested to see what you think of it and whether any of the steps apply to oils:

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Very exited to get another stack from your collection.
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VampireHungerStrike Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
Hey, thanks. A lot of the techniques apply to oils, just maybe in a different order. It's a little tough to change things on the fly in oils, for instance suddenly immersing your figure's feet in water. You would need a somewhat finalized drawing to structure the painting before starting. You can make big changes in oil, but it requires wiping out what you've done, or waiting for it to dry to paint over an area. Filling in a sketch with gray paint could be a problem, too, though you could get similar results from starting on a toned surface. Digital is kind of the ultimate medium in that you can instantly work in transparent and opaque brushes and layers. 
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Seraph777 Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2015   Digital Artist
Beautiful portraits. Makes me want to drag my paints and brushes out :)
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bonny-punk Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2015  New member Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I absolutely adore your artwork <3 I aspire to be like you someday!
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LovetheartofMusic Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2015  Student General Artist
I love your work =)  so beautiful
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