Try, try again
I love drawing and painting portraits, but I’m really not sure why. I usually work in watercolor or pastel, and I find that getting a likeness often hangs on a single brushstoke or mark – trying to work on a detail that’s slightly off can cost you the whole project.
Recently I tried to rework one of my random paintings that had gone off . I really love something about this man’s face (he’s a stranger, photographed on a Paris morning) and expression, and I missed it completely. I thought it was ok, I’d just move on, but, I hate to admit, it’s been eating away at me.
Here’s what that one looked like before I Played around with it even more – it’s now in the trash.
Well, I’ve tried him again. This one looks quite like him, but as the painting itself needs something, I still have a good chance of ruining it. So I’ll post it here, just in case my likeness gets lost. Critical comments are welcome.
A close up of his face – I’m quite happy with it close up, but when I move back it loses something. Does that happen to you when doing portraits?
I’ve also notice that my favorites in this series of portraits of randomers are those where the hands show. I’ll have to remember that when selecting photos – hands do tell us a lot about a person.