I am fortunate to have a wife who comes from a large family with many sisters, some of whom have made great sitters for me over the last couple of weeks in preparation of Exercise 5 ‘Head and shoulder portrait’.
I reckoned I needed more, much more, practice at drawing/painting portraits and so embarked on a series of nine sketches, trying out a different medium for each. The results are as follows:
I am fairly happy with the sketches – I can certainly see the sisterly facial resemblances, and what’s more the sisters can see their likenesses showing through, some in parts. The fun and joy of life is evident and I think I have captured that quite well. I still find eyes in particular a challenge – they seem to turn out quite scary looking. And, smiling mouths are certainly harder to capture than closed lips.
Looking back to Exercise 2 and 3, I feel that the predominant style here remains linear and I plan to try for a more tonal approach in the study I choose for my head and shoulder portrait study.
Exercise 5 – head & shoulders portrait sketches ← click the link to download a .pdf version of this page
Stuart Brownlee – 512319
5th April, 2014