Sunday, June 7, 2009

Lila warm-up

I actually started with a different source photographic for the Mother's Day painting that I did of my cousin Lila. Here is a warm up sketch for that one. You'll notice a tinier outline of her head within the larger one as I struggled to get the proportions right. Before starting any final piece I've found that it's a good idea to draw the subject in a sketch book a few times to familiarize yourself with subjects proportions and train your hand to draw it correctly. It's amazing how much the slightest alteration in shading or position will change the entire drawing. It could mean the difference between an artful portrait, or a skewed caricature. I really like the way the sleeves are rendered in this drawing. It reminds me of the penwork I did on those E.T. sketches a while back. I'll have to figure out how to recreate that effect more often.

So far I've gotten two submissions for my photo blog challenge which I plan on getting to soon, but I'm a little disappointed that I didn't get more. Once again send in your photos to be sketched at I dare you.

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