Friday, 11 November 2011

11/11: ALL CHANGE

Its gone quiet on the 'client contact' front this week - feedback still awaited for 2 portraits and photos outstanding for another.   So I've had a bit of a 'juggle' and this afternoon outlined and started work on a double portrait I'd expected to start after Christmas ... got to keep the momentum going!    I'll show some WIP pics when its a little further advanced.

In the meantime here's a graphite drawing I've got 'on the go' as its easier for me to work on non-colour pictures once the daylight disappears.   So this is coming along very slowly as I'm working on it in short sessions.  It isn't required till after Christmas but I expect it to be completed long before then.

The ref photo is an old passport picture so not big or clear but there's enough detail for me to see her features.  My problem is the ornate hairstyle which is very dark in the photo so there will be more than a little 'artistic licence' involved


Its drawn on bright white Mellotex paper but as usual the photos look blue - I will be making lots of adjustments to her lip and skintones along the way but want to get the dark hair a little further advanced which will help me to work out the balance. 

Right that's me finished for the day - have a great weekend everybody.       We had a Royal visit today - well the Queen and Prince Philip visited Margate which is close to us ... I didn't have a car today so couldn't take a look.   I understand the local council scurried round cleaning/painting and 'tarting up' the town and the smelly seaweed was removed from Margate Beach in case it caused a 'right royal stink'   :-)

14 comments:

Amatheya said...

That's stunning. What erea is it?

sue said...

Thanks Amatheya. I don't know the answer to that but I'd guess 60s (kind of Breakfast at Tiffany's isn't it)?

I'll ask the client next time I email him as I'm curious as well.

In the ref. photo her mouth is slightly lopsided but I think it looks a little strange here so will need to ask his thoughts about that anyway.

Amatheya said...

Cool, it would be really interesting to find out.

I kinda like the slightly lopsided mouth. It's a nice quirk that makes her look real and it's not overly obvious unless you're looking for it.

Brenda Hill said...

She is beautiful

Miniature Art by Karen Hull said...

I don't remember seeing a black and white portrait in your blog feed before Sue - this is stunning!!! Makes me want to dig out the graphite pencils and play, and I'm usually much more a fan of colour :)

Doreen Cross said...

Beautiful portrait Sue. This is going to be stunning.

Oh we can't have a royal stink. LOL.
Hope they had a good time in your beautiful part of the UK. I would have thought she would pop in for a cuppa with you.

sue said...

Thanks Brenda ... hopefully I will do her justice.

Hi Karen - my first 'human' subjects were always in graphite as I was nervous of using colour but you're right I haven't done a graphite drawing for several months ... and I've another one in the pipeline. I think there must have been a surge of 'nostalgia'

No they didn't honour me with a visit Dors .... but they did meet with Tracy Emin - Margate 'bad girl - turned good' who is a controversial contemporary artist.

Jan/PetsToPosies.com said...

Wow, wow, wow! I really, really like this one, Sue. Yes, the lip is a little lopsided but it looks like one of those lovely, regal, Victorian portraits. I guess it goes along with the queen's visit!

Chrissy said...

It is looking great already Sue and I know that this is likely to be a real challenge. I think working on this sort of things is almost in equal measures challenging and rewarding if that make sense? The era is caught already...love it :-)

Jennifer Rose said...

very nice soft looking piece :D

meh, i think tracy emin is very over rated :/

BrandNewStudio said...

ExcellentWork

Lene said...

hi Sue
this looks brilliant - very soft and excellent for skin-tones. Looking forward to see finished

sue said...

Wow .. thanks everybody. It seems this style of 'nostalgic' picture appeals to a lot of people. Perhaps in the New Year I'll invest in some sepia tone pencils/charcoal and have a go!

"JeanneG" said...

You are really doing a good job on the hair. I used to wear a false hairpiece that was "barrell curls" in the 70s. It was similar to her hair. Good job.