Tuesday, June 14, 2011
This portrait is my second try. Both reference photos were taken by me, but the first one was 3/4 view of the face. I worked first in pencil but never got to painting it. The finished pencil portrait is a good likeness of the photo, but not instantly recognizable as the person! This is often a problem in portraiture - the angle chosen does not adequately present the character.
So I began again from my front view photo, which had not been chosen initially because of its very solemn expression. I was finished in only a couple of hours and am pleased to recognize my little friend at a glance!
I used Canson watercolour paper that is mounted on paper board, like illustration board, and the surface was pleasantly forgiving. The watercolour lifted off nicely where I wanted to lighten it, and it accepted very fine detail as well. There is a slight rippling of the surface, which holds wet washes nicely - altogether a lovely paper.