Sunday, May 10, 2009

Julia Sawahla (3)















The third of the three Julia Sawahla portraits. The colours are, again, similar to the other portraits but last time I used no Light Carmine, and this time I used much more. I used Light and Medium Flesh (Lyra) as usual to build up the base of the skin tones, adding Luminance White to put in the lightest highlights. There is quite a bit of Polychromos Light Sepia in the darker areas and the face, and again, that lovely warm glow of Burnt Ochre (Polychromos). Venetian Red (Lyra) is the one I use for adding shade and there is Magenta and Sepia in there too. It looked a little flat but the Light Carmine really brought it to life. Around the eyes I've used Magenta, Purple Violet (both Polychromos) and Warm Slate Grey (Lyra) to create a cool contrast with all the warm tones. I used a Jakar battery powered eraser to bring out some highlights and strands (after putting down Sepia, Burnt Ochre, Venetian Red and Black) and then emphasising highlights with a White Luminance pencil.

For the hat I tried Vermillion (Polychromos) - a gorgeous orangey red - but it looked a little flat. However, adding Light Carmine on top, in loose circular squiggles, and letting the two reds show made it much more vibrant and brought out the knitted texture. Finally I added just a hint of white around the edges in the background.

I made a video - just a short snippet - of this drawing in progress here on my other blog.

8 comments:

Wil said...

Great Julia series, Felicity! And one of these days I'm going to put all that useful commentary to use.

Felicity said...

Thanks very much Wil! Ha! You don't need any help! :)

Gary Keimig said...

A great series. good work. Using that carmin I think really added something to this piece.

Teresa said...

What a wonderful portrait!! You did an exceptional job, Felicity!

Thanks for the mini tutorial... when I get to a computer with high speed I'll check your video out.

yoon see said...

Wow! Your drawings are perfect and love the details so much!

caseytoussaint said...

This is breathtakingly beautiful. Wow.

Felicity said...

Thanks so much everyone - I really appreciate it!

Serena said...

Wonderful portrait series, Felicity. I will check out your video after commenting here. :)