Friday, February 28, 2014

A Sketch in the Corner

Owen Bedraggled

This is just about the size that it is, on a corner of paper that is a portrait of someone else. For fun, I eschewed the small, round brushes until the very end and the irises, choosing to render 99% of this guy with a quarter inch flat. It can be done!

The gray shadows aren't really there, but some light must have sneaked by the scanner.

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

The Colorization of Uncle Abner

The old photo of Uncle Abner
(AKA: The photo of Old Uncle Abner)

The 9" x 12" watercolor on paper, creative color

Sunday, February 23, 2014

a Better, Better Benedict

It's funny, how a painting on the drafting table looks one way, and then, on the screen, after scanning, it can look so different. 
Seeing the last post's "Benedict" (and OH how I hate to show this again!)...
 ...washed out and pale, blaaaaah...

prompted me to throw some more paint at him.
(Maybe too much, in the hair. I ought to try for more transparency.)
about 10" x 14", watercolor on an old, textured, ivory mat board
Still not great, but Better.
Thanks for reading.

Friday, February 14, 2014

A Better Benedict--for Juli

watercolor on a scrap of mat board, 10" x 14"

While this looks even less like the actual subject than my last post's pencil sketch, it is a little more lively! (And I couldn't bear for that last sketch to be the thing that pops up on my blog.)

One of those quick & dirty, fun watercolor works--
as usual, with too much chin.

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Fighting Lighting

drawn with my hunky, don't-even-try-to-add-details, graphite crayon
I've had some success in painting oil sketches based on the works of artists that I admire. I haven't posted any, because it just wouldn't be right. I have attempted to translate that success into painting friends and family members, using available photos as reference. 

The translation has been a fail. 

But as I was watching Sherlock the other night, as usual, thinking about the portrait sketches I might make, later, from paused scenes, it hit me that--Dramatic Lighting!--is important. My photo references, taken with a cheap camera that refuses NOT to flash with every exposure, is thwarting my efforts!

Most of his face hit the paper almost magically, very quickly and without much effort. However, that eye had to be erased and repositioned, and as you can see, the magic had timed out.

Maybe, with concerted effort, I can learn to turn off the flash.