Friday, April 8, 2011
Keeping Secrets Is Hard!
I don't typically do portraits and I haven't worked in pencil in awhile. However I love getting the opportunity to go outside the wonderful world of watercolor to play with different mediums. I feel very comfortable with most mediums including, pencil, charcoal, oil, acrylics, etc. I just don't find myself switching around very often. Once I began the process, I remembered how much I loved getting immersed in the fine details of drawing. That's something I generally avoid with my watercolors for fear of overworking them.
I especially loved watching each child come to life before my eyes. It's probably the most rewarding part of doing portraits, aside from making the recipient cry when they see the finished piece. That doesn't go without saying, the most difficult part of doing portraits is making sure each child looks like themselves. I spent many hours trying to get one of the girls to look "right". I simply could not put my finger on what it was about her. In the end, I was content with the results and I believe the customer was as well.
Keeping it a secret was a feat all it's own. More than a few times I almost let the cat out of the bag, but caught myself before doing so. I'm pleased to say this portrait is in the hands of the intended recipient and I hope it brings them much enjoyment for years to come.