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Sunday, November 20, 2016

A moody portrait, Helen Chamberlin

I've been enjoying creating Helen Chamberlin's portrait, whilst working on other projects : the illustration for "My Dog Socks," a commissioned portrait and a watercolour painting workshop for people with disability and the public run by Wesley Mission. Busy, but fun. Helen is so kind. She lets me draw as I like. 
In this Helen, I felt like making a moody background. I darkened her clothes and made a background. When I study portraits and research them, modern portraits often do not have backgrounds or blank. I prefer a blank or a simple background until I have an inspiration of a background. 
These days, I feel like creating "my own say" in portraits. I want to go one step beyond. I want to show a model's inner world, not a simple resemblance. I just keep drawing and exploring what I'm wanting to do. I'm sure I'll make "tons" of messes. I fell down and sometimes it's painful. It's a journey. But it is much like an exciting adventure for me and a great fun, eventually. Or optimism is my compass?!    
How is your drawing journey going? Take care, Friends. I hope you, too, enjoy your journey.
Happy Painting!   














  
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12 comments:

  1. You are so good at portraits Sadami, wish I could capture people as you do.

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    1. Thank you, sweet Ann!! I'm sure you do capture people in your own way. Always keep your style and enjoy it. I want to show a model's inner world, not a simple resemblance. Best wishes, Sadami

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    2. Fantastic portrait Sadami. Your background is a great way to bring Helen's face forward. Thanks for sharing. Hugs

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    3. Oh, sweet Debby, thanks for cheers. You, too, enjoy life and art! Best wishes, Sadami

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  2. Wonderful portrait!!!Great to know you are keeping busy :) I am going thru a dry spell in painting but keeping occupied reading about art, artists, watching videos and visiting museums. Hope to get back to pencils and brushes soon! All the best to you!

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    1. Sweet Meera, thank you! We, all have ups and downs in our lives. Just have fun in drawing and life = do not be ambitious. We do not need to create a masterpiece all the time. Please be kind to yourself. I'm busy to balance all the projects and a commissioned work. But nice! Best wishes, warm regards, Sadami

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  3. Cómo no va permitirte pintar de la forma que quieras? Yo también me dejaría pintar por ti y... como quieras! Eres magnífica!
    Un abrazo.

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    1. Gracias, Joshemari. Disfrute de dibujo como desee. Nuestras aventuras seguirán. Historia de nunca acabar. Mis mejores deseos, Sadami

      Thank you, Joshemari. Enjoy drawing as you like. Our adventures will go on. Never ending story. Best wishes, Sadami

      >>>>> Joshemari said...
      How can you not paint the way you want? I would also let myself paint for you and ... as you wish! You are magnificent!
      A hug.

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  4. I am trying to make myself paint a portrait in watercolour, but I never get there! Have been drawing alot of them earlier but it is not the same. But one day I HOPE I will be as skillful as you.

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    1. Thank you, sweet Catharina! You will find your own way in portraits. In my experience, enthusiasm and passion will lead us. Technical things will follow you. If we make that process up side down, we make an empty work. Simple and not skillful work, but if it has heart, it moves us -- examples are the drawings done by children and people with disability. Catharina, just have fun in drawing. Picasso said, "If you draw like a 6 yrs old child, you're a genius." I agree. Best wishes, Sadami

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  5. I like it with the moody background, Sadami :). You know her well enough to know what works!

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    1. Thank you very much, Rhonda! A gackground is the simpler, the better, I feel. I'm busy with the picture book project, "My dog Socks" and a commissioned portrait. Your comment cheers me up. Best wishes, Sadami

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