This is another Different Stokes for Different Folks challenge. Karin asked everyone who wanted to participate to send a photo of themselves which she then distributed to the group at random. No one knows who anyone is and the point is not to do a portrait but a good painting from the reference photo. Of course, wanting to capture a likeness is almost irresistible, but no one will know except the person who sent in the photo of themselves. The painting to the left is of me, done by John Wolff, who does not have a web site, so I cannot direct you to more of his work. This is a nice watercolor and it certainly looks like me. It inspired me to try a watercolor of the photo I received.
Here is how I went about the painting:
Here’s the dude I got.
I’m thinking the black hat is way too bold and will overpower his face so I do some value sketches to see how I might switch things around for a better composition. I like the last one best, thinking I’ll suggest some western landscape in the background.
Speaking of color- the color of these photos varies wildly because the natural light in my studio was fading and I was using a study lamp for light.
Time to check the reference and the plan. The left half of the face is still too light and the nose looks like it’s sliding off to the right.
This is better but he’s beginning to look a lot like GWB!! Is it the white hat or have I just seen that face TOO many times?
Here’s where I decided to stop. I cropped it so his bright eye is about one-third down from the top and one-third over from the right, a prime focal point. Don’t know about the red dots on his hat…hmmm.
Another adventure in watercolors! It sort of looks like him, but I won’t be hanging out a shingle advertising portrait painting quite yet!