Above you see where I ended up with the portrait for the workshop. I am pleased with the workshop and all that I learned. This portrait is close to a likeness of the reference, but only close, I didn't nail it. I do know where it falls short of a likeness - and although that isn't entirely satisfactory, it is overall, encouraging. During this week I feel like my eye got a little better at seeing angles, lines, and values. This week I completed an 11x14 colored pencil portrait - a feat I have not before accomplished (it seems larger than life size in the case of this young girl).
So, I feel like I have taken a few more steps down the road I want to travel. I think my next steps will be more informed - and I'll just have to do another portrait quickly to prove it!
In the next portrait, I'm hoping to remember to:
- constantly compare what I'm drawing with all parts of the reference
- find one spot that is right on and hang the rest of the drawing on that
- work at arm's length
- step back from the drawing every 30? minutes and view it at a greater distance
- work at building up the values - and being patient for things to develop
- compare the drawing with the reference on the computer, side by side - every few hours, checking values, shapes, and angles
So hold me to it gang - by next week you should hear that I've chosen a reference and begun a new portrait!