Saturday, October 3, 2015

Some portraits just don't turn out well.  The pictures may look like a person, just not the person that was intended.  Here's an example.  Pretty much nobody recognises the person in this painting, even though it doesn't deviate appreciably from a similar photograph.

Oils, 40 x 60 cm approx.


Sunday, January 4, 2015

New Year's auto portrait 2015

Following recent practice, here's my self-portrait from the new year.  I've been sick ...

This started out as a thick-pencil sketch on newsprint paper (originally gray but now yellowed by age - same as me, I suppose!) where I added some dry pastels for a modicum of colour.

I like using the newsprint sketch paper; it is very soft, and works especially well with charcoal.

The original is about 40 x 55 cm on paper.  This image is made from a photograph (displayed on a computer screen), not a mirror, so that it wouldn't be reversed left-right.  Not that this makes a difference in the outcome since I skipped the spots and scratches acquired over the years.