Archive for the 'Portraits' Category

Shakespeare Acrylic Portrait

Shakespeare

I’m painting a portrait of the Bard on watercolor paper stapled to a square maple board. Initially I drew an outline, using a proportional divider to guarantee the correct basic proportions, such as the distance between the eyes, the position of the hairline and the chin, the ruffles of the collar, etc. It’s an old engineer’s trick which I have no qualms utilizing.

I’m a total amateur so I haven’t a clue if I’m approaching a painting the “right” way. I’m just having fun figuring things out on my own. I don’t have a deft hand, but as I’ve indicated I rely on engineering tricks to get things right — my only strength as an “artist” — a term I’m still not comfortable with and do not use to define myself.

Shakespeare Reimagined

shakespearelowrezThis is the first portrait I ever painted in gouache — the Bard of Avon, based on the famous Chandos portrait. I chose gouache for this painting because it’s more opaque than the watercolors I typically use. Plus these Holbein brand paints helped me get the dark background I wanted.

This particular portrait is reproduced on the back cover of an upcoming paperback edition of The Two Gentlemen of Verona soon to be published by Coyote Canyon Press. I designed the cover and also completed forty-five pencil illustrations for the book. Publication date is January 8, 2017.

Raymond Carver Postcard

When I send postcards to friends, I often draw a picture. My friend, the novelist David Winkler, loves the literary characters I draw. He’s always been a fan of the short stories of Raymond Carver, so this one was fitting.

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Hector Berlioz – the Sketchpad

Another sketch of a famous composer, this time Hector Berlioz. My process is simple: I print out a picture of the composer and then pick up a No. 2 pencil and sketch the likeness on a small sketchpad. That’s all there is to it. I plan on working my way through the visages of several hundred composers.

Hector Berlioz

Recent Portraits

I’ve been honing my pencil skills by drawing portraits. Here’re a few recent examples: Leonardo Da Vinci (darkened in Photoshop to look more like charcoal) and the composer Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach.

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