Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Subtle Differences: VERY Subtle

Apparently, the difference is all too subtle to be detected!

My original sketch of Chelsea (who is actually MUCH more beautiful than in my depiction. In fact, this depiction is not even recognizable as her.) was done lightly, in pencil, from life, as she read a book. (I added the watercolor later, from memory.) Hence the downcast eyes. Downcast eye portraits of mine always look like portraits of subjects who have fallen asleep in their seats. 

In an attempt to remediate this problem, I penciled in a very small band of shading beneath her eyes--almost like lengthening her eyelashes. It worked slightly better in the sketchbook than you would think from these scans.

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