Friday, 27 March 2015

Trying a new style

For the last portrait class of the term I thought I'd try something a bit different. Working on a plain white canvas and concentrating on the face, building up layers of colour and seeing where it got me.
In an ideal world I'd take a lot more time over the drawing but as I've said before, it's quite a short class to get two poses in.
The results however, I'm pretty happy with.

Next term we're moving on to the whole figure (clothed), so that will be interesting and stretching.

Saturday, 21 March 2015


This is not a portrait of Jenny Eclair!

Although, if I changed the hair colour...

Once again I struggled with over-working areas and the nose in particular. I think that trying to produce a nearly half length portrait at this scale, in the time allowed, was ambitious. This needed a better drawing, I was a bit lax about the face.

For the second half (in reality a half hour), I decided to close right up. 
It's a much better likeness and much more suited to the looser style I tried to adopt.

It still has issues.
Practice, practice, practice.

Friday, 13 March 2015

Portrait session eight

I think I'm getting the hang of working directly in acrylics for these portrait sketches, although the first of these got a bit over-worked. Trying to work from dark to light from a raw umber background.
These are, remember, barely A4 in size so pretty small, and done fairly quickly. 
I'm getting to the point where I should take one of these sketches and a photo and work up into a fuller portrait and see where that takes me.

Model was wearing a purple wig for the first session. 
Not happy with the far eye on this, I really struggled with it.

A black and white wig for the second. 
The light was also focussed on the left side of her face. 

I think this is a much better image.

Friday, 6 March 2015

van Yikes!

Warily, I got the acrylics out last night for the portrait class.  
Painting directly onto an A4 board was quite a challenge after so long working at A1 in pencil and not having used acrylics for even longer, but it went quite well. 

This portrait, the second pose of the evening, was based on Van Eyck's probable self portrait (hence the headwear), and took a little over half an hour. Even then I began to curse the paint for drying too quickly - the chin in particular got a bit messy - but there wasn't the time to mix a proper amount of colour and add an extending medium as this was in reality a quick sketch done in very short order. 
It's not a bad likeness.

Quite who this is, I don't know!