You can't start too soon preparing yourself for the next portrait. So I started my new adventure with this sketch. I used a photograph I took twelve years ago, but the camera must have been set to auto. I quickly surmised there was a flash. I do not like to use a flash ever when taking photographs to be used for a painting reference. I don't like the shading on the faces either. Even with the flash washout, their skin tones are red and will have to be adjusted. As far as the drawing goes, I got a better likeness of one son than I did of the other in this first drawing--but, all in all, not too bad for a first, free hand try. The study took me about two hours with no music. I kept thinking Linda, turn on BB. But I was too busy comparing shapes and noticing proportions and taking note of points in common. The session flew by.
|This PM, my baby hands got happier. I had my music on.|
Studying the drawing this way is advantageous. The translation makes where I went wrong clearer to me.
Like my youngest son's eyes--and the shape of his hair. You do notice that both of my guys have facial hair. I haven't a clue why they like it. They both do have chins. and strong jawlines.