Monday, July 28, 2008

Quick Portrait

Portrait of Jeanette Jobson,
work in progress, 12 in x 12 in


This is a work in progress portrait that I started last night. The subject is the ever intriguing and ever kind Jeanette Jobson. Thanks to Jeanette for letting me use the photo for a little practice.

This was done with a 6B lead in my lead holder on drawing paper. I did some of this with the broad stroke technique, but not all of it. The paper isn't great for that sort of stroke, but it was good to try doing a portrait with it.

Clearly, there is more work to be done!

6 comments:

Susan Carlin said...

You've got my complete attention here, Rose. Love this!

"JeanneG" said...

Looks good Rose.

Rose Welty said...

Thanks Susan and Jeanne...there's some work to be done on the hair and that enormous hand! I do appreciate your encouragement.

Jeanette said...

You're heading in the right direction on this Rose and the likeness is there, just a few proportion issues happening.

Measurements are key to achieving likenesses in portraits. Drop a few lines from the eyes to the mouth, find where the eyes sit on the plane by using a ruler or your pencil to see where the irises line up and how the hand fits into the mix. You're not far off, just a few tweaks to bring it into position.

As for the hair, take your time and study values. Squint! It works wonders. :) Then breakdown the hair into sections and don't overwork it. You're nearly there!

Rose Welty said...

Thanks Jeanette! I will do the things you suggest...today I moved the studio (out of the bedroom into its own room) so I'm too tired to focus, but hopefully tomorrow!

Jo Castillo said...

Hi Rose, great portrait. I see the likeness. Just practice I suppose, easy enough, right?

A new "studio" work area. Congratulations!

Later.....