Mattias Wirf
Mattias Wirf
Örebro, Sweden
Draws & paints. Swede born 1975. I went to artschool in early 90's, been on and off it as a career. Father. Programmer. Volvo-driver. Beer-drinker.
shanmen riddi
this is amazing sir
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Mattias Wirf
Thank you
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David Sánchez
The only thing I can think of is that the joint of the arm seems odd, the whole arm have good lenght but the forearm looks longer than the upper arm, and according to proportions diagrams, the upper arm (counting all the way to the deltoid) is longer than from the elbow to the wrist. The rest og the drawing looks awesome. Hope this critique helps.
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Mattias Wirf
Thank you, yes it does help :)
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Christopher Alaimo
The right arm "maybe" looks slightly long (the radius and ulna), but then again she is stretching it out. The body looks perfect... really perfect. It's a wonderful drawing. The body is something that I struggle with always. The cloth looks amazing too!
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Mattias Wirf
Thank you :) I often struggle with hands, but here I was lucky and they were a bit hidden ;)
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simeongoa
There are short and fat bottomed people, one has made the argument that they make the rocking world go round (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VMnjF1O4eH0). I think this is a great drawing, and the only thing to consider as far as proportion has already been said. Keep going. Lyka till!
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Mattias Wirf
Thanks :) Short and fat bottomed is a accurate description of me, maybe I did what many did in art school, project my own proportions on the model ;)
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Eric Luke
Without looking at the model or original photo, I think the proportion is very convincing, as long as the pubic bone is at the 1/2 of the whole body, it can't be too wrong. The bottom, in this way, somehow captures the gracefulness of the female model. Very nice work indeed.
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Mattias Wirf
Thank you :) The model is on Instagram, @diana_jean_o, not the reference for this though, I bought a set. Tomorrow this seasons life drawing sessions starts where I live, which will be awesome! :)
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Mattias Wirf
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Mattias Wirf
I posted this on social media and got some weird comments, about that she looks short and the bottom to fat and such. It was on reddit though, so I'm not sure if I should to much attention to that ;) I'm a little bit unsure about the right arm, I always think it's hard when they are stretched out like that. But in general I'm pleased with how it turned out. Or I have turned blind to it, looking at it too much...
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Mattias Wirf
An updated, very small colourstudy, that will bring it closer to what I want.
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Mattias Wirf
About the oil + ventilation question - there is artist grade water mixable oils. Or paint with regular oils and don't use solvents.
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Luigi Manese
Really cool painting @Mattias Wirf! When I get stuck on a painting, I kind of have a checklist of concepts I like to roll through to make sure each aspect of my piece is working. For this one, I brought it back to the value stage and focused a bit more on values, light, and a tiny bit on composition. So, the lighting logic on your figure is off, BUT I do like how it basically turns the figure into a very clear bright shape to help her stand out in the composition. I'd say if you want to keep the light like this, it might be ok in this scenario. I just cleaned up your shadows a bit so that the shadow value matches the upper part of the leg that's completely in shadow. Additionally, I added a cast shadow to bring a bit more light logic to the piece. To contrast with the idea of 'Spring', I think it might be a cool idea to add variety to the background through the trees. I've chosen to use trees without leaves on them, which gives them a more threatening shape that contrasts with the main focus of your piece. You don't necessarily have to go in this direction, but it is a good idea to consider how you can use background elements to add variety to your painting, and give greater emphasis to your focal areas. I also think that Yiming's comment on color is valid as well. The areas like the grass and dirt in the foreground seem a bit too warm, especially when the colors should be influenced by the ambient cool light that we can see in the background. Hope you found this helpful! Let me know if there is anything that I can clear up for you.
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Mattias Wirf
Thanks for your comment :) Yes, that was kind of the way I was going down. I will probably try to be a little bit looser in style too. I have some reference photos I have been thinking of for the woods - I photographed them in quite chilly conditions about 12 years ago :) I have trouble making the colours on her, and with the light, work together with it. I have a model reference shot indoors in studio light. Hm, maybe I should try different colours digitally first.
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Yiming Wu
This is an unusual and interesting pose. I think what you could do next is to add indirect light reflections. You see the human colour is a bit "disconnected" with the whole frame, so it might be good to introduce some blue/green-ish reflections on her skin so the viewer can see it's united. the leg seems to have that idea already, it might be the brightness is too high as a reflection so it didn't quite unite the image that well.
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Mattias Wirf
Thank you for your comment :) Yes, one plan was to add some reflections from the left and also let her leg and feet almost fade away in the dark cold forest. I've had trouble finding reference images for the light I had in mind though.
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Mattias Wirf
So, I guess this is what happens when your to eager and want to get started. I had this idea of painting spring as a woman (and it was spring outside, inspiring), and she was going to come down and conjure up flowers from the ground with a dark woody background. I got this up as quick as possible on a 70x90 cm canvas. Now I'm undecided on how to continue. I guess I should have listened when they talk about thumbnails, lol. There is going to be white small flowers where she touches the ground. It is back to the drawingboard for me, but if anyone has comments or ideas I'm all ears. This is off course very, very far from finished... I was even hesitant if I could post it, but what the heck, here it is.
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Mattias Wirf
That would be nice.
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Dan B
Hey Gabriel, have a look at the roadmap here: https://www.proko.com/roadmap ;)
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Mattias Wirf
Interesting link. Roadmap: "AI critiques", that sounds interesting, lol.
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James Doane
Hey everyone! I am James, and I have done some form of art all my life. I have worked with graphite, charcoal, colored pencil, pastel, oil, acrylic, digital,... My recent focus has been on digital paintings of portraits and figures. Attached are some of my digital works done in Photoshop. I also have a PhD in engineering biomechanics, so I have a strong background in anatomy and human movement. I try to use that in my art.
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Mattias Wirf
Great work :) I like the pose in the last image, it has a nice movement.
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Mattias Wirf
Hello! I'm Mattias, 45 years old, from Sweden. I went obsessed with art as a kid, went to artschool in the early 90's. Got a job as a portrait painter in the late 90's - but it was not creative and took piece and piece away from my passion. When I quit that job I moved and got into a studio in Stockholm with my wife, but we lost the second hand contract on the place. Slowly I painted less and less. I also have an education and experience as a webdeveloper, and it was an easier way to make money. I still did small, occasional jobs with painting/drawing/illustration and such in my local area, but not very often. In 2017/18 I suddenly got a strong urge to draw and paint again, I'm not sure why (you may call it a midlife crisis ;) ) So I started drawing again, and just recently we got a studio with room for the whole family, and I'm getting back to painting. I've also found the local art school (one block away from where I live) have life drawing sessions. Life is good. Some images of inkwork attached.
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Joël Gruben
Hi Mattias! I really enjoy your classical painting! You can really feel the light finding its way around the figure! I've done a quick overpainting of your WIP to better demonstrate my suggestions which are along the lines of the other commentators: - I think your idea was to simplify or "drown" the shadow side of the figure into one shape. That is very akin to comic books (like Hellboy) or the painter Rembrandt (or any representative of "Chiaroscuro"). But I think even with this stylized choice, the figure and its readability would benefit from a little bit of bounce light or "rim light" along the shadow side. I've done that in the overpainting along the jawline, the arm and the sloping back. - As already suggested, utilize the "sub-surface scattering" to illuminate and vitalize the skin. Otherwise it will look like clay. I've attached a portrait painting by Rembrandt which has a similar feel to your painting. Observe how Rembrandt uses very saturated, deep red colors around the nostrils, the cheeks, lips and chin to make the girl look alive. I've applied these principles to the overpainting. - Regarding your statement that the light side of the face is overlit: That is more a question of personal taste. You can compare classical paintings by Rembrandt, Van Rubens or Velasques (deep shadows, highly contrasted with bright highlights (see "impasto")) to impressionistic paintings by Van Gogh, John Singer Sargent or Claude Monet (high dynamic range, low contrast, "alla prima"). Personally, I like the bright light as is, but you can make small studies in different styles to see what fits best to you. - As already mentioned, there are some proportional issues in your painting. I tried my best to fix them but I would suggest to you observe your reference to your image or even overlay them in photoshop to see the proportional misalignments more clearly. Keep up the great work! Joël
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Mattias Wirf
Yes, I usually go for chiaroscuro (I used to look a lot at both the impressionists and Caravaggio when I was younger), but in this case I kind of got it in the reference already :) https://www.instagram.com/p/CHXuzcynOsJ/ (all though I have zoomed in a bit in my composition). Regarding the proportions of the body, I think the both sides should come in just a little bit. She is turned more to the side to the camera, and the edges on both sides/arms has drifted out a bit to far in my painting. It's interesting pose, but I guess that is what intrigued me. Good suggestions, Joël, I will have them in my thoughts as I continue :) Thank you
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Mattias Wirf
So one can't edit the original post? I have some additional notes ;) First, a blurred version of the reference at Beatrice instagram, https://www.instagram.com/p/CHXuzcynOsJ/ Second, this is my first oilpainting for 20 years, whohoo! ;) (I've done other stuff in between) Some of the oilcolours I'm using has been with me since the 90's. They were.... sticky.
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Thomas Tarkotta
Hej Mattias, I think you did a great job. I love the mood and the pose. The hairs are great and her expression is excellent! I'm more a draftsman and (learing) digital painter. So I hope, I can give you some helpful feedbacks. Yes, definitly more cold colors would be great. Overall it looks to warm and brownish. Maybe she needs some redtones , so she get more alive. Her shoulder in the foreground looks weird. Her left cheekbone is "not there" and the areas under her eyebrow needs more volume. I did a paintover with some notes. So I can give you better feedback. I'm looking forward to your finished painting ;) Thomas
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Mattias Wirf
Thank you :) I agree with some of the stuff in the face, good suggestions. It might also be a consequence of that I have not painted the shadow on the mouth and nose fully yet, so they look to much of a contrast to the cheek. On the right lower corner / her back I disagree though, it looks cut off. I think we both went to far, but in different directions ;) I think I need to find somewhere in the middle. You can see a blurred version of the referencephoto on her instagram: https://www.instagram.com/p/CHXuzcynOsJ/ I can recommend her images by the way.
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Gabriel Kahn
Hey there! I love your painting! One thing that could really help to make the skin more realistic is if you used some deep, saturated color on the edges of hard light. That's subsurface scattering, which happens when light hits through the skin, and it frequently occurs on the edges of planes that were hit by direct light. My other tip would be a bit more practical :) If you are photographing your paintings make sure to use some diffused neutral light, because otherwise, your darks will be shining, which kind of ruins the piece. To do that easily, put a plastic bag on a flashlight and use that to light the painting. If it's still too shiny, use a second light source on the other side to balance it out. Hope I could help! Keep up the great work! :)
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Mattias Wirf
Thank you :) Great suggestion with the colour. Yes, I actually have soft boxes, ledlights, DSLR and C-stands and stuff for filming my drawing, but they are not in my studio. At the moment I draw at home and paint on the other side of town ;) So this is a snapped with my phone during a 30-second visit in the studio while my daughter waited in the car outside. It might not be the most practical arrangement in the world, lol
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