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Wednesday, November 16, 2011

A Portrait of Miguel Lucas

Hoodie, watercolor on paper, 12x18

Miguel Lucas turned two in October, and I finally got over my hesitation of doing a portrait of him. He is such a handsome boy and has so many different facets to him, it was hard to imagine capturing just one pose... I knew I would want to make it a detailed portrait, and did not have long stretches of time to devote to a single painting, so I postponed my attempt for a long time... It took many hours and many nights to complete, as predicted. Children portraits are just so difficult to do... so hard to keep the features soft and round, especially in Colorado where washes dry almost instantly.

This was done with M Graham paints, a size 12 and a size 10 kolinsky rounds (one to paint another to soften edges), and a 1 inch flat for the background, on Fabriano Artistico hot press paper. It helped a lot to paint entirely vertical. No masking, no lifting, no tricks, just brushwork. He had a lot of fun watching me paint it, and it is great to have his reaction now that he can speak and share his thoughts.

Now that I got into it, I will probably be doing many more paintings of him... I had better hurry, as his baby brother will make his appearance in January and compete for my attention as a father and as an artist!

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Gypsy Look, a Portrait Sketch

I did this sketch last night to take a break from a meticulous realistic large portrait I'm doing of my son. I chose a vacation photo of my wife, in the rental car, all tan from the beach except around her eyes because of her sunglasses.

It started just as a pencil sketch but I decided to color it. I was improvising, pushed the study farther than I should, applied paint beyond the capacity of the sketchbook paper and the paint started looking blotchy on the shaded area. I should know better, but thought "oh one more application will be alright..." Well it wasn't, but the study was fun to do and it captured her expression well, so I decided to share.

Gypsy Look, 8x10 inches, on a Strathmore visual journal, cadmium yellow, cadmium red light, burnt sienna, cobalt blue and perylene maroon, with some raw sienna, and some ultramarine blue used to mix the darkest darks, Escoda travel brush #12.