Jenson Button
















I know from experience I can procrastinate for a very long time over a drawing I'm not enjoying so rather than put off the Yorkie drawing, I got on with this one instead. Jenson Button is looking almost certain to become the next Formula One world champion. I haven't switched allegiance, I'm still rooting for Lewis Hamilton, but I just liked the angle of his face here.

This was done on the first page of my new square format brown sketchbook (photo here) and if anything the paper is even more unforgiving than the smaller Paperchase ones I've been using. The surface breaks up so easily it's almost impossible to erase anything once the colour is down. Normally I try out a couple of colours in the background but this time I had to stick with the blue. He's this year's 'blue eyed boy' so I guess it's appropriate.

The face is mostly Lyra Rembrandt Medium Flesh and Venetian Red with Luminance White for the highlights and a lot of Polychromos Burnt Ochre too. Initially I started this and put it away for a day but when I came back to it it looked so pale and insipid I got the Venetian Red and really scrubbed it on and it improved instantly. I used a Luminance Black for the darkest areas as that covers really well. Real F1 fans will notice the cap isn't right but I wanted to keep that as simple as possible.

Comments

Teri C said…
You always get so much personality in your portraits! This is another gorgeous one. I kind of giggle when you say you had trouble cuz I wish I could have such trouble. lol
Grahame Butler said…
Great likeness in this one Fiz, my favourite portrait work of yours so far.
Diahn said…
Yay! There's Jenson! We've been Button fans from his beginnings in F1, and we're so glad to see him on a team with an edge...that Ross Brawn is something else...

Great drawing - you've captured that essential "Jenson-ness" - just gorgeous!
pencilportraits said…
Fantastic Felicity, the flesh tones are amazing and I think this is always the most dfficult part of a portrait
pedalpower said…
Perfect. You amaze me every time.
Teresa said…
Wow, Felicity! This is fabulous.
I agree with Pedalpower.... you amaze me every time too.

Love reading how you got to where you were going colorwise!
Felicity said…
Thanks so much everyone!

Teri, LOL! Oh, I just wish after all these years it would get a bit easier!

Diahn, oh I thought you were a Ferrari girl! Yes, Ross Brawn is the real star this year. Good to see Jenson getting the recognition he deserves.

Thanks pencilportraits! I find the skin pretty easy compared to getting the proportions right - that's the bit I'd like to find gets easier!
Felicity, this is awesome! I've never tried cp on my craft paper sketch book, only graphite. I'm too afraid of getting the proportions wrong like you mentioned and then not being able to correct it.
Arti said…
Hi you are so good with portraits!Terrific ...
Felicity said…
Thanks ladies! Welcome Arti!
Serwat said…
Wow! I just stumbled onto your site and am quite impressed with the lucid and outstanding qualities of your artwork and accompanying text! I'm writing to you from Miami, Florida in the USA. I plan to bbokmark your site and explore your work in-depth. Thank you for sharing your talent with us!
Felicity said…
Thanks very much Serwat, and welcome!

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