Also, I finished "publisher and editor" Helen Chamberlin's portrait with a background. Yes, the original is the close up portrait shown in the past post. I added the background. Yes, finally, a background image came up in my mind.
publisher and editor Helen ChamberlinAlways eyes intrigue me most in portraits. I made a black and white of Helen after the watercolour. I started from her eyes and simplified all other information in the work. Her voice, speaking habit and body language remain in me, but the voice is quietly echoing in my ears. They have become my own "references" of Helen. If I was given only one photo, I'm not certain to create a quality portrait that gets into a model's inner world. Although resemblance might be a required condition for a portrait, an artist looks into a model's world and pursuits it, not surface similarities. You can compare the image below to the above.
Interesting. I've found my drawing lines and watercolour brush strokes overlap or show the similar lines. Which do you like the watercolour one or the black and white one? Helen likes both. Me, too. It's fun to have a chat with a model over portraits.
This is the watercolour original and starting point.When I get stuck, I take a break, refresh myself and await an inspiration. Fortunately, editors understand an illustrator's difficulty in trade picture book illustration and give me more time. I go outside of a studio, enjoy sunshine and chat or move a body.
BTW, Friends, what do you handle "stuck" in your working process? Sounds silly though, I will not dare to get on something in work until an inspiration comes up. When I follow a heart, the best work turns up. My drawing and painting are not theoretical movements (*I haven't studied at art school). A senior established picture book illustrator calls it "instinct." What do you think? I agree with it.
The same is true of my watercolour portraits. Until an image comes in me, I do not work on.
It is a bit hard to find enough quiet time for portrait work at the moment though, I want to more enjoy portraits between the ongoing projects in parallel. Thank you for your warm cheers!!
Friends, Happy Painting!