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.

Colour Pencil Illustrations

Late last year I got very in to colour pencil illustrations again.  Working with pencils, be they colour or graphite, is just so much more comfortable for me than using paints.  Unlike with graphite pencils (Tombows only), I am quite the colour pencil slut and use a range of brands.  In all of the below works I used a combination of Faber-Castell Polychromos, Prismacolor Premier, and Caran D’Ache Luminance pencils.

I really do love the Caran D’Ache Luminance pencils, but at $4.50 a pop I am using them somewhat sparingly.

Anyway enjoy and feel free to ask me any questions!

Colour Pencil illustration of Anok Yai
Model Anok Yai
Colour Pencil illustration of John Legend
Musician John Legend
Colour Pencil illustration of looks from
Looks from “The Iconic” Swim Show 2018
Colour Pencil illustration of Suzie Bubble
Fashion blogger Suzie Bubble

Eye illustrations; practice makes (almost) perfect.

A Detacher 2

This week I decided to do a couple of larger scale eye studies.  Normally when I draw portraits they are on A3 or A4 paper, so the eyes tend to be about 3cm wide at the most.  This tends to limit how much detail I can incorporate.  As a result I feel like ‘my’ eyes are getting a bit ‘formulaic’; a bit same-same.  In an effort to capture more detail I’ve scaled things up this time.  I’ve picked out a few of my favourite looks from the Fall 2018  runways to recreate in my eye studies. Next week I will break it down a bit for you and show you how I draw eyes step by step.

Louis Vuitton

Prada final

A Detacher 2

 

I feel like I am getting a good handle on drawing graphite portraits at the moment. I have completed a couple of successful (in my mind anyway) drawings in a row now. There is something to be said for sticking to a theme until you (almost) perfect it! What’s that theory… 10,000 hours to become an expert? I have such squirrel tendencies it’s impossible for me to stay focused on any one thing for an extended period!

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