Before I was locked out, I did manage to explore Taylor's current look with a dark/light little portrait exercise in charcoal. I found the reference photo on her FB page, along with quite a few other portrait shots that might make interesting paintings after I tackle JD crowing. My granddaughter is a knock out in her Goth get ups. The doorbell stopped me from soften her chin and darkening the shadow of her lower lip and... but there's a resemblance that needs just minor tweaks.
|My reference photo|
With no studio and no art supplies, I wiled away the afternoon cleaning a cupboard in the kitchen where I found art pads. It seems I like to draw in them only so much, then I abandon them for new ones. The drawings in the older pads were early blog stuff when I was still just trying to establish regular drawing habits. In the ones from last year, portraits started to show up. There was one sketch in particular that I found interesting. I was studying the subject of my first full figure portrait, Ellis, in value patterns, the way I learned in the workshop I took this last month. So why didn't I pick up on that approach then? Why didn't I didn't trust myself? I obviously needed someone more authoritative than myself. Each year, we grow. Looking back, over the last couple of years, I've grown a lot.
2010 sketch for portrait in progress of Ellis--and JD at age six or seven. It's the sketch of Ellis that's important.
|In the Ellis sketch, I'm thinking in values;|
the JD sketch I'm thinking details. Both
sketches have value in evaluating how to
best present a subject. Perhaps using both methods?
I tried another approach to portraiture with Ellis: The Alex Katz flat color approach. This was done in 2010 also as a study for the full figure painting. Prior to this, I had only used pencil. Jd's portrait was done in pencil from the sketch above.
|There's a pencil under-drawing in this one. I never did finish it;|
I don't know why. But this too is an interesting approach to
portraiture especially with acrylics.
|And this is the final result of my first painted portraiture endeavor.|
It's okay. Not great. But a definite sign of a genre that would eventually interest me.