more painting progress…

Posted by Susan Heidi - July 15th, 2011

I worked on my portrait of Sabina Kelley some more yesterday in the studio with Paul McCormack and again today on my own. I took the painting outside today to photograph it in order to get a better picture to post. It’s a beautiful sunny day here. Bright light is the best for photographing paintings, otherwise you can go crazy trying to prevent shadows while achieving the best representation of color. The first photo below is the photo I took outside. You’ll see that there is a little piece of white paper taped to the easel just about the painting. That’s used to set a white point in photoshop which helps to correct for color shifts. This is a much better representation of the painting than the one I posted yesterday which was photographed in low light and got washed out when I tried to adjust the white level.

The next image is just the above photo cropped with a border added. You can see that during these two days I worked a lot on the details of the hair and also completed both her shoulders. There is still some refining to do, but I’m excited to get this piece completed.

pinup portrait nearly completed….

Posted by Susan Heidi - July 13th, 2011

I’ve continued with this oil painting of retro pinup model Sabina Kelley and am happy to say that it’s nearly completed. I’ve been learning a lot of new techniques throughout the process and can’t wait to get started on my next pinup in oils. Here’s the progress so far:

Portrait of a Pinup, Sabina Kelley

in-progress cabaret style pin-up

Posted by Susan Heidi - July 14th, 2008

I have several pieces in the works right now that are at different stages of the painting process. Below are some pics of the drawing on illustration board of a cabaret style piece. The model, Robin, is a fantastic and versatile artist’s model from Kentucky.

in-progress cabaret pin-up by Susan Heidi

and below is a detail pic that I’ve darkened to show her expression:

detail of cabaret pin-up work in progress

NEW feature on Susan Heidi’s pinup blog… see her works in progress

Posted by Susan Heidi - May 18th, 2007

I’m excited to begin posting views of my pinup art works in-progress. I hope to put together more work-in-progress slideshows and tutorials in the near future - I never seem to find the time since painting takes priority! Well, instead, I’ve decided to post “a view of Susan’s easel” which will be a frequently updated view of what I’m working on. Hope you enjoy!

a view of Susan’s easel