I love doing portraits though I'm a bit rusty. Beginning Feb 10th, I'll be taking a watercolor portrait workshop with master watercolorist Ted Nuttall. I'll be doing a very special portrait that will be a graduation gift if everything works out. I wanted to sharpen my drawing skills and thought this project would be perfect. So, while I was out in Mesa, Arizona and Cabo San Lucas, Mexico I took quite a few pictures of my victim....er...subjects, most of whom are artists, at both vacation spots. Aside from a few animals, or made up faces, most of my faces will be of the fun ladies I spent with in January and February 2014.
My first portrait is of a lady known as "Joy Flower". I think I elongated her features a bit, but I think I got a fair resemblance. Joyflower has had a very special year, becoming a grandma for the very first time!
|JoyFlower - colored pencils|
|Lost Cities - graphite|
The second portrait was done in graphite while watching whales in the Sea of Cortez. This young, hipster lady is known as "Lost Cities" and is quite the camera collector. She must have have had 5 cameras hanging off her neck. Some were vintage film cameras and the rest were digital. She takes beautiful pictures and everyone at Artzona coveted her animal ATCs.
|Chatty - Pen (Flowers added later)|
My fourth portrait is a present for my friend Mae. She and I pick an animal each year and throughout the year, we find trinkets and make art with the themed animal of the year. In lieu of birthdays and holidays, we celebrate "Festivus" sometime at the beginning of the new year. This year it was the "Lion" and I'm hoping the next year will be year of the Horse -my Chinese year of birth.
|Lion for Mae 7 1/4" x 9 3/4" watercolor|