More Mixed Media Portraits

I’ve been practicing my watercolour. I think I am slowly improving. I still find it a very challenging medium to use. The hardest part for me is to let go and allow the watercolours to really do what they want to do. The looser I can let myself be the better the end results.

These two portraits I did straight after one another. They are both of a Russian model called Sofia Steinberg and the reference photos appeared in the Zara online catalogue. She has a really interestesting quirky look about her that I like. I say interesting and quirky my husband says “pissed off and bitchy”. Regardless I am a bit obsessed with her now… not in a weird stalky way … although I have tagged her in everything I put on Instagram (which by the way she NEVER acknowledges.. maybe she is bitchy?)

Since I am still a pretty shitty water-colourist I always go back to my colour pencils to “refine” things a little (okay a lot). For both of these portraits I used colour pencil for the facial features and to refine a few edges. I quite like the end results. I think the colour pencil give it a bit more “pop” than I could achieve with watercolour paints alone.

A sticky situation: More colour pencil mishaps

I realise I am such a hypocrite, nay, more a liar liar pants on fire.  “I will never draw another smiley lady in a hat”… remember that!  Ha, ha, so what’s the first thing I choose to draw of my own free will… a chick in a hat!  To be fair it is a turban not a hat and I am utterly obsessed with turbans.  I’ve actually been asked to judge Fashions on the Field next month,(I know I can’t believe no one has figured out I don’t know anything about fashion yet either!) and it is expected that one wears a hat to such occasions.  I cannot justify the expense of buying a bit of pointless fluff to wear on my head that I will wear once and only once.  Turbans on the other hand really float my boat.  Turbans are a trend I can really get behind because with a turban I don’t even have to do my hair … did you hear me? I DONT HAVE TO DO MY HAIR! In fact I can see myself wearing a turban every single day.

So I have been searching obsessively online for a turban and they are everywhere and they are all so beautiful I decide I had to draw one.  A beautiful, bright, colour pencil one.

(WARNING: Expect to see plenty of work in progress photos this week.  I got me one of those fancy new Samsung phones with the top-notch camera in it.  To be fair, I don’t know exactly how to USE any of the fancy stuff  but it is nice and I feel like a proper blogger.)

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(Let me just start by apologising profusely for last weeks train wreck of a blog post.  This is what happens when you ask your husband to proof read something .. he just takes over and writes mean shit about people!)

I’m taking a bit of a break after all that Fashions on the Field business so thought I would share some things I did earlier this year.  These were graphite and colour pencil illustrations based on a some images from Zara.  I had planned to do a whole series of them but other stuff keeps coming up!

Both are available as prints (terribly unimaginative titles I know but I’m no good at naming my art!)

Blue-jeans“Blue Socks” – Graphite and colour pencil illustration

 

 

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“Red Shoes” – Graphite and colour pencil illustration

Fashions on the Field has been hijacked!!!

So you think YOU are sick of those Fashions on the Field drawings I am freakin’ bored witless!  It has taken every ounce of mental discipline to finish this last one.  To be fair, discipline, focus, being task oriented etc, are all traits that I seriously lack.  Anyway now it is finally finished and no one need read another blog post (at least from me) about fascinators, millinery, or whatever the fuck that shit they put on their head is called. (husband here: she doesn’t really mean that)

This last one nearly killed me. I have to admit I hated every second of it!  I feel a bit bad owning up to that. It feels a bit like artistic blasphemy.  Everything should be created with love, passion etc etc … In all honesty this one came from a place of frustration and desperation … JUST GET IT DONE.

Here she is; Courtney Moore the winner of the 2016 Myer Fashions on the Field event, completed in graphite, colour pencil and digital colouring.

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…and here are all the rest.  These 11 drawings are part of bigger plan / collaboration project.  Only time will tell what happens with that project.  If I never speak of them again you will know that it amounted to nothing and I wasted six months drawing smiling women in silly hats!  Never again! (husband here: she really does love the hats and the smiling women)

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So which one is my favourite?  Certainly Chloe Moo – 2013, was the crowd favourite, smashing my Instagram account.  I think I am most chuffed with Kristy Magillivary – 2008, the all black one, only because I could not fathom how to draw an all black outfit (nor how an all black outfit actually won) (husband here: she likes black! she wears loads of black I swear!).  I did a lot of it in Photoshop and it turned out exactly as I planned.

As my personal favourite, I am torn between Emily Hunter – 2015, and Angela Menz – 2011 (aka – vagina head).  (husband here again: it was me who said it looked like a vagina. It’s not her fault).  For both of these I ventured a lot further with colour pencil than I have previously and was pretty happy with the results. It has definitely inspired me to pursue colour pencils a bit more (oh and to buy $100 worth of new fancy Caran d’Ache Luminance pencils.)

For all my wanting to be a real/ professional artist at the beginning of the year this project was a stark reality check.  Maybe it’s not all  that it’s cracked up to be.  Maybe I don’t want to be a REAL artist after all  and I am truly okay with that.  I just want to draw what I want to draw,  how and when I want to draw it, with no external or internal pressure.

Creativity is something deep within me that I just have to get out (I’m sure my husband is going to read that and say …what like a giant 💩.. ewwww),  It doesn’t have to have a purpose or a meaning, it doesn’t have to “get likes”, it doesn’t even have to be that good at the end of the day I just have to do it.

(Husband here: she really is a nice person, sometimes she just lets shit come out that should remain in her head. I guess that’s why I love her. I apologise to anyone who has been offended)

Ha ha.. he hijacked my blog post and the fact that I spent $100 on colour pencils didn’t even raise an eyebrow!!