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About Varied / Hobbyist Core Member Nelsie N. GeografoFemale/Philippines Group :iconallthingstraditional: AllThingsTraditional
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I have always been interested in anthropometrics and had I not been in the creative industry, I would probably be a psychologist or an anthropologist. As a coffee painter who focuses on realism I always take into consideration perspective, not just the linear perspective that most artists are familiar with but also the other kinds, there are 13 so far...

    So I asked my boyfriend about my last painting (coffee painting; the cup) and asked me what he thinks about it and he says it isn't finished (which I agree, the cookie needs work). But when I asked which part needed tweaking, he mentioned all the other parts except the cookie which he said already has a lot of details and that the other parts should have sharper details which I intentionally blurred to direct the eye on the coffee cup and well, the cookie... I told him 'that's depth of field (or perspective of blur)'.

    He says 'yeah, that's what the camera does.'

    I said 'so does your eye, the rest of the objects apart from the one you focus on gets blurred.'

    'I can make out the strands on your hair from my peripheral view...'

    'No I don't think so, that's what your brain tells you..'

    Then he says 'and you put halo on the cup, do you see one on me?'

    And I said, 'that's cause light bends on the edges and there's no such thing as a line... Sharp edges are created when light is directly focused on the object...' And we went on about this for a while until he gave up arguing just to stop the discussion. Both of us agreed the painting is not finished but how it would be finished that's our issue and since I'm the artist, of course I won ;)

    Usually I heed his advice but not on this one but I do take into consideration what he said and find myself focusing on my direction while walking the streets observing my peripheral view. Yes I can make out the details but I still think that's because the mind already has a preconceived idea what the details are and in essence, visually, I still perceive my peripheral view as blurred...

    This is important to me, as I focus on realism, to  know how to recreate an illusion of reality... I wonder if people see things as I do...


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Nelsie N. Geografo
Artist | Hobbyist | Varied
It all started with boredom... That's what happens when the only two familiar places you're accustomed to is your apartment and office (with the occasional bars during Fridays as a release).

Why aeonsiege? It takes AEONs for me to finish a painting. SIEGE is the combination of the last syllable of my given name and first syllable of my last name...

Stuff about me:
I am a Landscape Designer
I started coffee painting last February... Or March maybe...
I am self-taught
I have drawn since I was 4
A natural procrastinator
I love using dry media and it reflects I guess even when I use watercolor or coffee
I love portraits (started drawing portraits when I was 12)
I like doing caricatures (but I haven't posted one yet)
I love monochromatic art (especially sepia)
A Filipino but currently residing in China
I have a Chuckie doll
I almost always wear black...


1) The smaller the picture, the easier to detail.

2) The bigger the picture, the more difficult to even out the color/value of the coffee.

3) To do darker tones, do it layer by layer and not in one time.

4) Do not wash too much or put a lot of water. The way has the tendency to seep in and produce a grayish tone.

5) The darker you get, the shinier the coffee.

6) The darker you get, the more it looks burnt.

7) Cook the finish piece by blow drying to prevent the coffee from being too sticky.

8) Coffee is sticky. Do not just cover by any material to protect it.

9) Older coffee has dark brownish color; new ones have reddish color. (or maybe it depends on the type of coffee...)

10) Coffee is best rendered wash if you want to avoid making the piece sticky, burnt.

11) Wash the paper with water with a little amount of coffee first so it doesn't look too light or bright (but that's just me).

12) It is easier to wash mistakes when coffee is still wet.

13) To draw a white line on a dark area (helpful when doing gray hair), wet brush and carefully wash coffee using no. 1 brush. This will of course not be totally white.

14) As with wash water color painting, light first before dark. If you add lighter tones of coffee, it will wash the darker tone which gives an abrupt change in color/value/grade.

15) When 'erasing', use clean water. Change water regularly.

16) When using instant coffee, do not attempt to do darker tones on the first mix. It won't be dark enough. Allow the water to seep to the coffee until it looks sticky. That way you can get darker color (similar to Prang watercolor).

17) To create even values, wash paper with lighter coffee tone. Let it dry then apply another coat. Let it dry again then put on another coat until the tone desired is achieved. If you're lucky you can get an even tone in the second application. 

18) As with all other paintings, composition is still the most important. It is the framework, the foundation of any painting. Do studies first before starting the first stroke of brush. Then you can decide which area goes darker and which are not. You can start with a light washed coffee.

19) The thicker the coffee, the darker the color -from the Internet.

20) Avoid trying to brush briskly using darker colors for greater coverage. This will create bubbles on your painting.

21) Coffee painting has the tendency to look stiff especially when doing opaque realistic drawings, I am not sure whether it's because of the difficulty to achieve tone values. Doing wash painting would perhaps help.

22) For lighter shade (that is the very light one), instead of mixing more water to coffee, paint a very dark shade or a very thick layer of coffee  on a piece of paper. Then with an already wet brush, use this to create a lighter shade. Try it first on the extra paper before using it on your actual drawing. This will eliminate excess water and therefore can help even out your shade.

23) In making realistic drawings (especially photorealistic portraits), there is no such thing as white. White only happens on highlights or reflective objects in the drawing. In doing lighter tones, do a wash with a very light coffee tone.*

24) One of the most important thing in rendering (in general) is to train the eye and the stroke to even out colors and to shade in such a way that is not abrupt. There are two ways in watercolour that can be put to use in coffee painting. To wash or use dry brush technique. It is easier to even colors in dry brush.*

25) Avoid adding too much water before you brush your stroke. If the intent is to create a darker tone, water will erase the first coat.*

26) Test your shade first in a separate paper, ideally similar to the one you're using before you use it in your work to ensure that it is the desired  shade.

27) you can never go too dark on coffee.

28) Be patient. When putting coffee on the brush, do not brush briskly as to get a dark color. This will create bubbles. Brush with slow strokes until you get the desired tone/value.

29) Avoid exposing your work on too much light/sunlight. It will wear off the color.

30) If possible, fix your work right away so it won't fade.

31) Coffee can be dissolved and be mixed even when already dry. So when adding another shade, take into account that it can mix with the adjacent shade and can make the tone darker than intended.

31)  As with watercolour, it is easier to mix when coffee is still wet.

32) Be careful not to get your hand stick on wet coffee as it will stain other parts without your intent.


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EarthHart Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Bright blessings for the favours, Nelsie m'deer :love:
aeonsiege Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
always a pleasure :hug: :)
EarthHart Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
primalfuryan Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2014  Professional General Artist
A very merry Christmas and happy new year 2015 ,
Best wishes & prayers for you & your family!:hug:
Sweet-Christmas by KmyGraphic ChristmasWishes by KmyGraphic Merry-Christmas 2015 by KmyGraphic
aeonsiege Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I have missed Christmas on DeviantArt :( Anyway Merry Christmas and Happy New Year :)
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