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Started by Hundredsand on Aug 30, 2016 1:20:51 PM
Have been asked to paint my first painting commission: a nude.

Any ponders. I am female. She wants this to be a gift for a male friend who lives far away.

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Hundredsand - 30 Aug 2016 13:21:29 (#1 of 40)

Pointers. Predictive text.

widenation - 30 Aug 2016 13:31:44 (#2 of 40)

I'd do it landscape rather than portrait.

Hundredsand - 30 Aug 2016 13:40:58 (#3 of 40)

Yes, that's a thought.

lapsedcat - 30 Aug 2016 13:41:54 (#4 of 40)

If the male friend hasn't actually seen her nude before you may as well paint a third nipple for a gag.

BadgerDancing - 30 Aug 2016 13:43:12 (#5 of 40)

Do it with a 'binocular-vision' border.

Hundredsand - 30 Aug 2016 13:48:45 (#6 of 40)

I think the male friend is into her, alright. They' been friends for many years. I would venture to say they are both mid-fifties or older.

I almost think it's sort of a bucket list thing.

I am slightly nervous, but will give it a go.

Tangent - 30 Aug 2016 13:57:23 (#7 of 40)

It would be interesting to see how her perception and your vision mesh, Hun. Would you produce various sketches in different postures, so you can find a style both of you will be happy with?

lapsedcat - 30 Aug 2016 14:00:17 (#8 of 40)

Go easy with the wrinkles.

Gotout - 30 Aug 2016 14:00:29 (#9 of 40)

Copy this and see if he recognises her.

http://www.abs-art.com/images/Crouching%20female%20nude,1959.jpg

Hundredsand - 30 Aug 2016 14:02:07 (#10 of 40)

That's sor of what I'd thought. Really get her involved in looking at which poses she prefers from a selection. Styles, allowing me to do a few preliminary iPad photos. She's got time on her hands following surgery.

Lapsed, this woman looks amazing for her age. She knew Nico and met Lou Reed. There aren't many wrinkles.

Hundredsand - 30 Aug 2016 14:05:46 (#11 of 40)

I don't know how realistic she wants it. I am apt to steer away from realistic, but capture her eyes, smile, physique, environment? And I will go to Manchester. To do this.

tasselhoff - 30 Aug 2016 14:08:41 (#12 of 40)

I will go to Manchester. To do this.

Now that IS suffering for your art.

foghorn - 30 Aug 2016 14:12:49 (#13 of 40)

I used to really enjoy the older, or more shapely models. Bit of character. More interesting to draw and paint.

The last life studies I did were getting more and more abstract. Just taking a bit I liked and filling the `canvas´ around it. Plus I was broke and homeless when I did them and only had some wallpaper, charcoal and white emulsion.

They were better liked than my more serious stuff and all got sold, or traded.

Hundredsand - 30 Aug 2016 14:13:50 (#14 of 40)

It will be great. I'm nervous about getting it spot on, but also excited.

Hundredsand - 30 Aug 2016 14:16:04 (#15 of 40)

Yes, foghorn. Since I've loosen up, people like my drawings and paintings more.

TRaney - 30 Aug 2016 15:04:04 (#16 of 40)

As a former nude model, if you are going to make her pose make sure it's a position she can maintain. Sounds easy but most get tiring very quickly.

Macpaddy - 30 Aug 2016 15:26:53 (#17 of 40)

How about something along the lines of 'L'Origine du Monde,’ ?

Tenesmus - 30 Aug 2016 15:30:03 (#18 of 40)

#16

Sitting at a computer belming into the void?

ThreeFlewOver - 30 Aug 2016 15:34:23 (#19 of 40)

Do an extreme close up. A pore, say.

Tangent - 30 Aug 2016 15:40:02 (#20 of 40)

if you are going to make her pose make sure it's a position she can maintain.



I can imagine, TR. Trying to maintain the pose in Grande Odalisque would be liable to lead to a crick in the neck.

I suppose, given the circs, Hun's friend will want to be looking directly at the viewer, which might be easier.

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