Drawing and Painting Portraits

Drawing and Painting Portraits - student project

Final Piece:

I had another try and tried to make this one a bit more painterly and I prefer the pastel colours in this one.

The reference image for this piece came from Iloniti’s store on Etsy at https://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/231064881/ear-jacket-earring-blush-pink-crystal?ref=shop-shares-comp-photo&epik=dj0yJnU9UXhPWUI4RmY0QXppbnBTUS1uSkh6dFcxbWZmTmF0THgmcD0wJm49OU83ZVM2NWpKbmI5UWtwZkVYalRTZyZ0PUFBQUFBR0RGRTd3

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 A couple of different backgrounds:

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First Try:


I’m not happy with this painting at all but I’ve spent so many hours on it now I don’t think I’m adding anything positive to it anymore so I’m calling it quits on this one lol.

The reference was from Tamara Bellis @tamarabellis on Unsplash 

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Worksheets and Fundamentals Practice:

 

I had to share my very rough male dimensions practice sheet here (despite how terrible it is lol) as my guy ended up looking familiar!

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Anatomy; Spotting Muscles and Bones:

 

Unsplash.com had a great selection and variety of images to choose from when I did a search for "portrait"

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Conceptualisations of the Head:

 

I found the Reilly method really difficult to draw freehand here. It helped to apply it to a real face and I found I was able to spot the rhythmic lines. I think a mix of all 3 will be helpful for me next time I try painting a portrait.

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Gesture Drawing:

 

I struggled with these quite a bit when it came to identifying rhythms, not so much finding silhouettes but seeing flowing lines and rhythmic connections so I will practice this more and do the 2 minute challenges for practice so it becomes less daunting. I find my mind rushes doing these gesture drawings as it isn’t confident and doesn’t fully understand what it’s looking for so I find myself just trying to muddle through it.

 

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Eye Study:

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Nose Study:

 

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Lip Study:

 

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Ear Study:

 

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