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Sunday, June 26, 2016

A portrait in washes

Timing is crucial to create washes. I enjoyed colours and washes in this Helen Chamberlin and show the process below. I saw Helen checking my manuscripts for a children's picture book story with a pen. She looked shy, but very passionate about her job. My image of her background is very bright. Washes are great fun! I put, "Splish, splash, splosh," and got high on watching the paints spreading on a paper. I got thrilled and excited.   
My portrait always has one focal point. In this work, Helen's face expression and a mood is the theme. Without a background, it looked like below. 
It was good that an image of her background came up my mind from the beginning. After making the background, I partially emphasised her red dress to blend in the washes. At the same time, I checked a "depth" of washes in work. I hope I will create good depth in washes in any work. 
Black and white is mainly by a graphite and some, by a pencil. A black and white drawing is the simpler, the better, in my loose style.  
Do you enjoy washes in portraits? I will! I'm busy between projects, research and study. But I always enjoy sketches and watercolour like a daily jogging. 
I hope you, too, have fun in washes. 
Friends, Happy painting! 







  
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22 comments:

  1. Lovely portrait you've created Sadami. And I think your background is perfectly executed with the light. Enjoy your day.

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    1. Thank you very much, kind Carol. You, too, enjoy drawing and photography. Best wishes, Sadami

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  2. Magnifique, comme toujours !
    Bises :)

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    1. Je vous remercie, Olive. Vous aussi, faites si beau travail. Meilleurs voeux, Sadami
      Thank you, Olivier. You, too, make so beautiful work. Best wishes, Sadami

      >>> Olivier said...
      Beautiful, as always ! Hugs :)

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  3. I do very little portraits but enjoy watching how you achieve the expressions in your loose style. Fabulous.

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    1. Oh, thank you, AK! I'm sure you'll enjoy portraits as well as other genres. I look forward to your work. Best wishes, Sadami

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  4. encore merci pour tes conseils judicieux
    bises

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    1. Thank you, Isabelle for your cheers! Best wishes, Sadami

      >>> Isabelle said...
      thank you again for your advice bises

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  5. Your background adds a beautiful depth to your painting, Sadami! I love washes!

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  6. Thank you, Judy! That's the point in my attempt. You, too, enjoy washes. Best wishes, Sadami

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  7. Cheerful atmosphere! Beautifully done!!Hugs

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    1. Thank u, Anna! You, too, enjoy it. Best wishes, Sadami

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  8. Amazing! This portrait is amazing, conveys so much emotion!

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    1. Oh, sweet Blaga, thank you! Best wishes, Sadami

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  9. It is quite amazing how you have created 'quiet excitement' of your subject! I always get carried away with color and never am sure how far to go with background!!!! I like all three versions of your sketch :)

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    1. Oh, sweet Meera, thank you. Very happy to know that you found "Helen's quiet excitement." I'm sure you, too, will enjoy portraits or subjects in washes. I love playing with colours. Best wishes, Sadami

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  10. Te felicito Sadami. Tus figuras tienen toda la profundidad del personaje y consigues darle toda su expresión. Eres una gran retratista!!
    Un abrazo.

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    1. Gracias, muy amable Joshemari,
      Yo también amo a este retrato. Voy a seguir hasta atraer a la gente. Los mejores deseos, Sadami

      Thank you, so kind Joshemari,
      Me, too, love this portrait. I'll keep up drawing people. Best wishes, Sadami

      >>> Joshemari said...
      I congratulate Sadami. Your figures have all the depth of the character and you get to give full expression. You're a great portraitist !!
      A hug.

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  11. Dear Sadami just perfect background for an amazing portrait. You have captured the joy of this lovely lady too. Thanks for sharing. Hope you are having a great start to your week. Hugs!

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    1. Thank you, Debbie! Very happy that you enjoyed this Helen. We're in the middle of winter and it's quite cold. Yesterday, it snowed on mountains. You, too, enjoy art. Best wishes, Sadami

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  12. Beautiful portrait. I enjoyed seeing your steps to the final one.

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    1. Thank you, Carol, you're always so kind and sweet!! Best wishes, Sadami

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