Wednesday, July 22, 2009

The Last Word on this picture

I got my acrylics the other day, and since this chap had a birthday recently, I thought I would continue until I had a portrait. This is done on paper, approx. 42 x 56 cm. The background is made up. I feel I must make that clear.

The photo was taken in the evening, the sun was sinking behind Kahlenberg, and the photo is warmer (more red/yellow) than the painting is. Strange how a photo will immediately show all the faults and flaws in a painting, where the naked eye, in front of the original, will be more forgiving.

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Pencil drawing, of an old friend

I drew this, while listening to the radio this morning. I was wondering whether to apply any color to it, but liquids are not applicable, this is regular sketching paper, which doesn't take paints well. As always, the photo was a gray blur, and my attempts to make the image visible, via Gimp, have taken the nuances out, and increased the contrasts, to the detriment of the image.

One may disagree on whether the colored version is better. But at least, I got myself a reason to go out to Boesner once again and get some colored pencils ( "Progresso" from Koh-i-Noor.

pencil, 20 x 30 cm; Koh-i-noor Progresso color sticks

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Watercolor portrait in lieu of a real one...

While living out of a suitcase, I have just been drawing a few portraits from photographs, and tried to make one with watercolors (a very small box).
It is a different technique, which -as is evident- I have not mastered at all.

(And, for some reason, the face looks a bit longer in the scan/display
than it does on paper. It doesn't look like the model anymore. )

Watercolor, A4 size