Stephen Bauman
Stephen Bauman
Åsgårdstrand, Norway
Artist and teacher
Marco Sordi
2023/12/12. Dear @Stephen Bauman, thank you so much for your beautiful course. Below are the images of the paintings I created following your lessons (the third is only in the three-color version). As you can see there are many inaccuracies in the proportions and anatomy of the faces and the various elements (with time and practice I'm sure I will become more precise). I used the same color palette as yours but the result is very reddish. Handling such intense colors like Alizarin Crimson, Vermillion and Aureolin is still very difficult for me but I hope to do better in the next paintings. I still have difficulty with the edges of the eyebrows, lips and the shading of the nose. However, I had a lot of fun painting these three ladies and learned a lot. Two years ago when I started painting I didn't even know what a canvas was. Thank you so much for your very important teachings. I can't wait to follow you in your new courses. Thanks again and merry Christmas!!
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Stephen Bauman
PROGRESS! Really cool to see all of this work, Marco. Finding a red that suits you palette would definitely improve the balance of color in your paintings. If I'm honest, I think that these reds skew my palette red as well.
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MIKE RUCKER
 I don't have the confidence to sketch a block-in without obsessive measurements. My goal is to discard the ruler and confidently use more mass than line in my drawings 
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Stephen Bauman
CONGRATS MIKE!! This is exactly what the Block In Course is designed to do.
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Marco Sordi
2023/6/27. Good evening everybody, good evening @Stephen Bauman. Here's my grisaille painting. Well... I did my best for my current level. I hope I can move on to the full color palette lessons. Thanks!! ​
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Stephen Bauman
Looks great- on to painting in color! Keep looking for the transitional values along the shadow edge- the nose especially needs some care in this aspect.
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@mikeyny
I have the realistic portrait drawing course , and I like it , so naturally I have an eye on this course now. Can you tell me what the block in course offers that is different from the realistic portrait drawing course? thank you -Michael
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Stephen Bauman
SO much. The course you have is primarily a demo. The BIC is a super specific step by step work along lesson series designed to help you build individual skills that lead up to an optimal block in procedure.
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Edward Medina
I didn't see the downloads until just a few minutes ago. I followed the visual style and did some measuring. Although, to be honest I struggle with the measuring. By struggling I mean I seem to take an inordinate amount of time to measure and when I think I have it, I measure again and come to realize that nope, my proportions are incorrect. I'll try it again with the newly downloaded portraits provided. In the meantime, here is what I managed by doing the first 3 videos of the visual style. I know it is still not accurate, but would like to hear some feedback as to what I need to improve. Yes I know I added features (like the mouth and the eyes) when that's not part of the first 3 videos.
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Stephen Bauman
Good start- I'll offer this to make it better. The shapes can be more simple. The eyes for instance have more information than they need. This stage is about placement so you can use the minimum amount of info required.
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Marco Sordi
2023/1/1. Good evening everybody. Here's my assignment for the first part of @Stephen Bauman's Classical Portraiture course. Thanks for any comment or suggestion that could help me to improve it.
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Careful of the uniformity of your transitional edges. Many of the shadow edges, for instance, could be much softer.
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gabriel habiashvily
Some portraits i made lately, im looking to imrove and would love to have some profesional advice on what i should focus on improoving, Thanks in advance😃
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Stephen Bauman
Lighting direction and concept is always at the start of making a better portrait.
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Top 5 things you want from a color theory course?
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Avinash
@Stephen Bauman which paper are you using here. Which paper is ideal for pencil drawing like the ones you do. Could you share specific brand and paper speciation as well please
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Stephen Bauman
Stonehenge from Legion paper. I usually like the warm white but all the shades are pretty good.
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Tejas Keswani
Hi, I wanted to ask which pencil you use for making such portraits
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Stephen Bauman
There is a great variety. A lot of Pentel A3DX .3mm and .5mm mostly.
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Richard Gruber
Hello Stephen, Great job. I just finished watching the entire series of real-time videos and I got a lot out of it. You gave lots of good ideas about technique and things to think about while creating a portrait like this. But... at the very last moment of the final video, there's a bit of a surprise. In the image below, the left side shows how your drawing appears throughout the real-time videos. Then, on the right side, we see the final drawing in the "Thanks For Watching" screen and it is much darker with more contrast. Can you please tell me which one, left or right, best represents the final image? I actually like both, but I'm about to try this portrait myself and I want to mimic your approach as much as I can. But now I'm not sure what my end-state is supposed to look like. Thanks Rich
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Stephen Bauman
The one on the right was taken with a polarising lens. It best reflects the true appearance of the drawing.
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