Irv Rudley: Dual Portraits

This video is a step by step guide on how to paint the perfect portrait. Here Irv, creates a Dual portrait and uses some very clever ideas to capture a picture with an interesting mix to it.

Irv Rudley is an artist who from his early childhood had a compulsion to draw faces.  As a child he would draw in the empty margins of his notebooks tiny heads sketched in with pencil, pen,crayon or anything that would make a mark on paper. He would draw classmates, teachers and anyone who happened to pass his way.  If someone had an interesting face, the compulsion became overwhelming, and he just had to stop whatever he was doing  and a grab a likeness.

The portraits that he paints normally would take many weeks and would require a great deal of time from the sitter,  he prefers to paint from photos that he takes, or ones that are supplied to him if he feels they will make a quality painting.

When he does the photography, he will take many shots with a digital camera and review them on the spot with you, to see which one is best suited for the painting. Sometimes a composite combination of differentshots, possibly substituting a different background or clothing will be the final selection. In any case, you will know, before he makes the first brush stroke, exactly what the finished painting will look like.

Many times he will make small colour sketches for later use to compare with the photography while  he is painting. And occasionally he might ask for one or two live sittings when the painting is finished, just to check for any additions or corrections that you or he might see.

To view other paintings by this artist visit his own website which is www.cfsvideo.net

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    1. That depends on a lot of things. Is it just a simple head with a colored background, or like the portrait of the artist in this video, with his painting on the wall, a pot of brushes and other articles on the table, his arm and an easel? Big difference. It’s all a matter of painting time. It can range from around $500 for just a head to $15,000 or more for a full body with furniture and drapes in a fancy living room.

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    2. Awesome work. I’ve been thinking of doing a portrait of my fiancee for her birthday and this has really given me inspiration. My biggest fear has been getting the picture drawn onto the canvas as I don’t have a projector.

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    3. Thanks for the video and the insight to your techniques! At the end of the video you said you glazed the entire canvas with a thin coat of black? Did I misunderstand what was said? I’ve never heard of this before…how is it done to not muddy the colors? If this is a technique to strengthen color values, I’m interested 🙂 thanks!

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    4. Thankyou for showing your techniques, ive really enjoyed it! I paint with acrylics and am curious on oil. This made me want to run out right now so can try both on one canvas! Please do as many videos as you can, your a great teacher ! God Bless!

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    5. The main difference in painting with oil is it dries much slower, allowing you to blend edges. As far as I know that’s it. Right now I ‘m doing a painting with a distant building in the background. It’s mostly out of focus, so without blending it woud be impossible for me to paint. There are over 30 videos on this YouTube site. Most are intended to teach some phase of portrait painting. Enjoy!

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    6. I will be soon starting four portraits, all of family. Thankyou so much for taking the time to respond. I look forward to seeing more, and i will be! Your artwork is inspiring, and im excited to get started on my work because of you. Again thankyou for sharing your talent, its much apprieciated and is not wasted!

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    7. I don’t know how experienced you are as a painter, so my advice may not apply to you. Some questions. If you were first starting to play the piano, would you start with a Chopin piece? Don’t you think maybe you might start with some practice scales first? Why do you think learning to paint portraits is any different? If you are just beginning to paint, I absolutely guarantee you will be unhappy with the results!

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    8. This is beautiful. I can’t get over the detail. A friend of mine had recently asked me to draw a portrait of her, so I plan on doing so and frming it for her, and giving it to her on christmas day. It means a lot to her, I’m just worried it won’t turn out right. I’m young, and could use any tips you have for me. Also, I have very little experience with paint, what would be my best option? Thank you, Ryan

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    9. I don’t understand what you are asking. You say you have little experience with paint, and no experience with portraits, and you’re asking me what is your best option. My advice is to get a good camera, take her picture, frame it, and give it to her. With your qualifications I absolutely guarantee a painting will not turn out right.

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    10. Wow…thank you so much for posting and sharing your talent! The painting is amazing..the detail is rich…it is very inspiring. What a good job on the video as well…interesting, fun, down to the bones of what you are doing, and why.Thanks again!

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    11. If you are looking to draw a portrait like this artist then you would absolutely need more practice, but do not get discouraged about making a portrait, if that’s what your heart is telling you to do, anyway it comes out I’m sure she’ll love it. I love acrylic paints just as much as oil but they are completely different in many aspects. I’m going to suggest that before you go out and buy paint try a sketch and see how much you like it.

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    12. Hey, I came here in awe at your painting ability…I’m an artist that has never touched paint in my life and thought you were the best shit since sliced bread, but after reading your countless comments towards individuals attempts at learning some type of artistic merit from you, your talented demeanor is quickly diminished. You are a sad excuse for an artist, for an artist does not put down other artists…we are not fucking runway models, we don’t sabotage ability. Get the fuck off youtube.

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    13. What a rude answer to an aspiring artist. I know that many artists are not known for their personalities, but that was ridiculous! And by the way, what the heck makes you think that someone can just pick up a camera and do a decent job? You’re not a very inspiring person.

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    14. You would need to see the painting in person, next to the photo to realize how much more lifelike a good painting is. Unfortunately a computer image doesn’t have that quality because, after all, you are back to looking at a photo again, of the painting. Additionally, the artist makes subtle additions and subtractions to the image. It’s never an exact copy like you would get from a copy machine.

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