Sunday, August 28, 2011

Trying something new...

I wanted to try something different so I pulled out an old photograph. The result is not a real portrait, as there isn't true resemblance. Yet I'm glad that I managed to draw two smiling kids. In fact, initially the girl on the right looked more like an elderly woman, until I moved the eyes down, closer to the mouth. I guess I could have read these basic facts about the proportions of a child's face in any book on portraits, but it is more exciting to discover things on my own. Hopefully, reading the theory on drawing portraits will be much more informative, after I have tried my hand at it.


This drawing is by a photo I made on a trip to Egypt two years ago. The color picture has a beautiful late afternoon light and interesting colors and I am absolutely going to try it in watercolor at some point.

4 comments:

Michael Bailey said...

Likenesses or not, these are really super Blaga. Drawing more, especially portraits and figues, is very good practice and something I must do more. If you want a good read, I can recommend 'Drawing - A Complete Guide' by Giovanni Civardi. It's not a step-by-step book or wordy, but it is full of his wonderful drawings and his comments and other information and very inspirational.

Lydie said...

There is life and emotion in your portraits, and it is the most important.

Judy said...

They are both very good! It's great to try something new. Looking forward to the painted portrait!

Blaga said...

You are right, Michael, drawing can be done almost anywhere, so there's no excuse not to do it. I should try to draw more. Thank you for the book recommendation, I will try to get it!

Thank you, Lydie! I was trying to depict the right expressions, and I'm glad if I succeeded.

Thank you, Judy! I may delay the painted one after I gain some experience with portraits :)