It has been ages since i’ve updated my blog here and part of that is just the craziness of school. It doesn’t leave me much time to post online. I have, however, started working in water color over the last few months and just this week, I tried my hand at a series of portraits, first in water color, then in acrylic.
This is one of the few times that I bothered to take in-progress shots and I want to share them here. I find it’s always fascinating — for me as an artist surely but also i’ve found for non-artists–to see how art happens. How does a painting go from being a blank piece of paper or canvas to a finished, recognizable piece.
I started with an acrylic of myself. I figured if i’m going to do a number of portraits, I should start with myself. i’ve sketched myself before and even painted myself once in a much more abstract style but this is the first seriously realistic portrait that I’ve done. I was working off this photo:
and I came out with this painting:
I gave myself a bit more hair. This is solely a study in portraiture so I really am just doing the face.
Next, I started a watercolor of my husband. Here are a few progression shots:
the beard was fun to do. I couldn’t stop laughing and cackling as I painted it:
and before you think i’m making up the hair or being particularly abstract about it all, i was working from this photo:
The general response has been: “You gave him medusa hair” until i show them the photo at which point it changes to “DAMN, that really is his hair!”
and here is the final water color:
Then i decided to do an acrylic working from the same photo. At first he came out looking severe and like the Spartan king Leonidas!
Once I painted in the beard and hair, i had to pay much more attention to the eyes and brows to bring out the laughter that he’s showing in the photograph.
and finally here is a pic of both portraits together:
there it is, the progress of a portrait. It’s really amazing how painting the underlying scaffolding of the face really adds so much depth, even though one eventually paints right over it.
More to come folks. In the meantime, check out my etsy shop. I have a couple of paintings and sets of greetings cards available there.