Whimsical Portraits First Go

Whimsical Portraits First Go - student project

I have never painted people before and haven't drawn humans for a few decades! But I've really wanted to capture my little grandchildren and my daughters. I still have a lot to learn & need to practice more, but I am super happy with how these first drafts turned out! I did them on cheap Canson XL paper, as I knew they were just for practice. I look forward to playing around with more whimsical paintings of my loved ones!Whimsical Portraits First Go - image 1 - student projectThis is the first portrait I worked on. This is my grandson Jackson whom I absolutely adore!Whimsical Portraits First Go - image 2 - student projectThis is Jackson with some colour. I found the mouth tricky and don't think I really got it right but he's so cute it's okay. The original photo had more shadow so I added more below.Whimsical Portraits First Go - image 3 - student projectI'm not sure which one looks better, with or without the shadow. But overall I am really happy with my very first portrait.

Whimsical Portraits First Go - image 4 - student projectI then painted my daughter and granddaughter. I love how my daughter turned out, but my granddaughter just doesn't look right. I'm not sure what went wrong but it's just not quite right. They're laying down on carpet so I just painted it brown as I didn't want it taking away from them as the focal points.

I look forward to trying out more of these sweet whimsical portraits, thanks Stephanie!

Nicoline Mann
Watercolour Artist
Teacher