Monday, 12 January 2015

12/01: 'Golden Boy' nearly completed

I've done quite a lot more work on the portrait of this lad - going a bit goggle eyed with all that curly hair now.    I've deepened skintones and darkened his T-Shirt ... oh and filled his 'Minute Maid' bottle.

Probably just a couple of hours final tweaking needed now but that will have to wait till tomorrow.   We're off to watch 'The Imitation Game' at the cinema now and it will be too dark to draw/take photos once we get home.

For the moment I'm calling him Golden Boy because of the sunlight on his face/hair - and also to reflect the fact he really is a well known/loved little boy and gets a lot of fuss made of him by family and all the fishermen who frequent the restaurant his Mum manages on the island of Fuerteventura.

He's drawn on Derwent watercolour paper which is whiter than it appears here.  I've used mostly Prismacolor, Polycolor and Derwent Coloursoft pencils with a bit of help from Stabilo white pencils for highlights

Now its posted I can see areas that need more blending - particularly that red patch on his jawline which isn't that vivid in reality - my camera has accentuated it!   Need more work on the folds of his shirt and more work on his hair. 


  1. Looking wonderful though Sue.

    Wish Matt would go to the movies.

  2. Thanks Jo.
    Posting progress photos online helps me as I always see the 'wrong' areas once its published LOL

    We didn't visit a cinema for 10 years till we went to see Mr Turner last month. Now 3 films have been released that interest us (well David mostly) so we saw The Theory of Everything (Stephen Hawking's story), today is the story of Alan Turing - code breaker at Bletchley Park in WWII and if we have time we'll see Exodus because that was filmed on Fuerteventura last Summer so we'd just like to see if we recognise anybody (lots of locals were employed as Extras)

  3. I'd like to see the Steven Hawkings one and the Alan Turing. I will probably have to wait til the DVD versions are out though. A friend has promised to go to Paddington with me. I know you are not interested but knowing the family, I am fascinated and from the shots I've seen, should be good.

  4. Your portraits absolutely fascinate me, so clever. But I'm not going to tell you, it might go to your head!!

  5. Thanks for keeping me on the straight and narrow Polly ...

    But if I get a big head it will make the rest of my body look smaller (thinner) and I can have an extra glass of wine tonight .. LOL

  6. Looking really good! Don't know how much we can comment but I don't have any criticism anyway - so cute!

  7. Thank you Jan. I'm being cautious in case this ends up being an entry for the UKCPS Exhibition (and I hope it will)in which case I can't ask for or act on any advice which could be construed as instruction. I think its highly unlikely that would happen but ... don't want to be the first to fall foul of rules & regs. I'll be finalising/emailing my entry/ies on Thursday so it won't matter after that.

  8. Wow! You did a wonderful job on this portrait, Sue.! LOVE his hair..curly yet soft...the expression and shadows on his face is perfect..(he's adorable)

  9. Beautifully done, Sue ... even to the barely-there tan mark from his wristwatch!!!

  10. Hi Sue - this looks great and there is certainly a greater depth to them than other portraits, keep up the great work - I'm sure you dont need me to tell you that though.


  11. I like this Sue, lovely warmth to it. Good luck with your entries. If I don't get mine entered soon I will forget!

  12. Good luck to you too Bev .. sadly I've run out of time so need to decide what to enter. I'm not overly happy with any of them but so long as one makes it past the jury .... that will make 8 annual acceptances out the 10 I need to get my Gold Status LOL


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