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
A couple of different backgrounds:
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
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!
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"
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.
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.