Thursday, September 16, 2010
"Toby, Chloe & Izzy B" Intricate Portrait complete!
I just couldn't put my pens down, here it is. I wanted to show you the before and after.
When I look at a photo, I look at the shadows. Instead of trying to draw the faces I focus more on the shadows so each shadow can be blocked of as if it were a mosaic. I mark a light X in the ares that are black because the black areas are important as they give the images their shape. Once I draw out the image I look and my new handy dandy book of patterns (that I will continue to add to THANKS to Eden for inspiring me!!) and decide on 3 or 4 different patterns to use throughout the portrait. This way I find the portrait flows better and is more visually pleasing. I ABSOLUTELY LOVE detail and busy, intricate designs so this allows me to do that without overwhelming the piece. When I choose the patterns I want to use I put them in order from dark to light and then begin filling in the shadows accordingly. I've decided I like the way lips look with the stipple effect because the shading on lips really brings the portrait to life. The eyes as well only I like to use my flowers usually around the pupil. The last thing I like to do is take a pencil and do some light shading withing some of the patterns. I find that this adds contour where it's needed.
There you have it "My Personal Process" of creating these portraits. I'm trying to think of a name for the kind of portraits I'm doing. I would love to market myself as a custom portrait designer and I need a really cool catchy name. I'm a starving artist and I really want to jump start this. Any suggestions on a name for this type of portrait?
Daisy Doodle Portraits
Intricate Patterned Portraits
Portraits by Rebecca
Archival Ink Portraits