Figure painting from life step by step. Painting from life session step by step process. This is half way through…don’t know if I could finish it like I wanted to.

Portrait painting from life session last night, 3 hrs (unfinished). Forgot how hard it is to do it from life. I have not been to life drawing session in a while. I used to go at least twice a week (three to four hours on each session, gesture, sketches, paintings) back when I have lots of free time. I did that for at least four to five year even when I already have a good art career going. The point is, I believe, I can never get sick or done of learning. Drawing, painting has always be continuous learning experience for me. The imitation of realism practice or create something beautiful that mimic realism…or life. Like conceptual art, environmental, character, landscape and so on…. We all have to study it from real subject as our best option. Reference photo comes into play as convenience and useful. But live subject is undeniably best to practice from. I should have also study more perspective. Well, I am still learning more and more then hopefully I will get faster and better and environmental as well.

Here are the process of the painting I did from the life painting session some night in May 2009.
It takes me the total of 3 hours so far. To be continue next week session.
NOTE: the rest of her body is still very scribbly, I wasn’t able to get it done in time so.

Here is the painting I ended up with.

figure painting with costume

figure painting with costume

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The painting was done digitally on my laptop and wacom on my lap. It was kinda awkward sitting up on the bench, but I pull it thru. I used Photoshop because I was too lazy to set up the old painting tool…and some of the tool are not well prepare since I have not paint in oil in a long while. So I go with the easy tool… 🙂 And no mass.

Below are step by step from rough sketch to finished figure painting.

painting figure with costume step by step

painting figure with costume step by step

how to paint figure with costume

how to paint figure with costume

Well…it didn’t turn out to be quite like what I expected. I might have gone too far and forget to simplify at some point. I will write more about it later. But for now…here are the paintings.

figure painting with costume

figure painting with costume

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Figure painting from life step by step

About The Author
- Xia Taptara (黃曉聲 Huang XiaoShēng), currently a freelance concept artist for games and films, formerly a character concept artist for ArenaNet/NCsoft (GuildWars & Guildwars 2). I also work on various projects for Game of Thrones, Square-Enix, Paizo Publishing, Fantasy Fight Games, Disney Interactive, and many publishers & clients. I use Wacom Tablet Intuos and Photoshop CS2,3,4,5 to do most of my professional art work. I use pencil, pen, and traditional medium in my free time. I founded ( in 2007 to motivate myself to create more and better art. Also I get to draw and paint whatever the hell I want to. Hopefully I can inspired some young soul and old soul alike. *QUESTIONS & COMMENT: PLEASE POST THEM ON THE BLOG. Business Inquiry please e-mail me.

  • Xia Taptara

    Are you already painting by hand? If so it should not be hard to transition if you understand the principle of oil painting. If not, this will take a long time.

    I use gimp and photoshop cs5(It’s very common among professional artists in video game productions)
    Gimp is FREE goto to download
    Also useful to get a tablet, to avoid wrist injury using mouse to draw or paint. Using mouse to draw can cause Repetitive strain injury (RSI). Because Mouse isn’t made for drawing. I rather use pencil or paint brushes.
    I use Wacom intuo 3 medium, but Wacom Bamboo would do just fine if you aren’t serious.
    As for hardware I have Dell XPS desktop and Mac mini as main work stations.

    More tips
    here is how to set it up

    but traditional drawing go to
    5 steps to improve drawing skill

    Look around on the right column of the blog, you should be able to find some key tips you can utilize.

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  • Afsane

    Hi Xia ..
    I’m really intrested in your arts . you are amazing ..
    I am very good at designing by hand ,but I don’t know how can I do it by softwares. Photoshop or …
    How can I learn it ?
    Best regards
    Afsane Reihanifard

  • Cassle Tanggyono

    I should say that it’s such an amazing figure painting for 3 hours live drawing session! Well done! I agree that you might gone too far at some points, but I do like how you emphasize the realistic facial expression while maintaining scribbliness on the dress and less details on background. It’s like you’re driving people to really ‘focus’ on the face. 🙂 And I found it’s very entertaining to admire your work! 🙂

    And oh, speaking about “photos reference”. Am I could be categorized as ‘cheating’ if I study from live drawing situation, snap some photos reference from random people around, then continue to study at home? I say situation here because actually I still couldn’t find any ‘real’ live drawing session like what you said about at my university. My university do have art faculty, but they didn’t give any class about that, especially for public or other faculties members (I’m studying engineering).


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