Sky Arts PAOTW week 4 – Sunday 17th May 2020

This week PAOTY 2017 winner, Gareth Reid, painted Rob Rinder, aka Judge Rinder on tv.

Rob Rinder was another wriggler, so whilst some members did paint and draw him live, most of us took a screenshot and worked from that. Gareth and Rob had some wonderful on-screen banter and Rob’s acerbic wit made a quiet Sunday a real hoot. What a thoroughly enjoyable 4 hours!

Tai’s Top Tip this week was about using a very limited palette of titanium white, cadmium red, yellow ochre and black. With those 4 colours Tai mixed so many colours of skin tones for all races. He mentioned that this limited palette was used by Hals, Rembrandt, Singer Sergent and Anders Zorn. (Pencilled in for an M&C session later in the year is Anders Zorn and his limited palette as it’s a hundred years since his death. Do Google Zorn and see his amazing portraits.)

Here are our members’ portraits of Rob Rinder and they get better every week, well done!

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Juliet did this detailed pencil sketch in 2 hours. Rob Rinder does have amazing eyes, dark and soulful and this portrait really captures their intensity.

Susan sketched out Rob Rinder’s face in detail first and then built up layers of watercolour paint. It’s so interesting to see how she works stage by stage.

Dot really enjoyed the session drawing Rob’s portrait and found the whole session very entertaining.

Steve did the initial detailed ink sketch in 20 minutes, live from the sitting. The acrylic on board painting took 4 hours over 2 days.

Cynthia did the pastel portrait during the live session and the watercolour from a screenshot a couple of days later.

Angela D enjoyed the session and decided to paint this week instead of draw the portrait.

Tracy sketched differently this week, looking for shapes in the face that then make up the whole. The portrait is acrylic on watercolour paper which took about 3 hours, again trying to put shapes down on the paper and not blending in all the brushstrokes.

Here is Gareth’s finished portrait of Rob in charcoal and the top 3 portraits by the public. The judges also chose 3 paintings from younger artists. Kabir, aged only 8, painted Rob’s brain as the background, full of information and asking questions. Incredible!

4 thoughts on “Sky Arts PAOTW week 4 – Sunday 17th May 2020

  1. Love all these portraits and I thought it was interesting that both Tracy and I chose the pose where he is looking up. I regretted it as I found his eyes really difficult, so I won’t be doing that again.

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