Monday, 15 March 2010
Some New Art! Little Man WIP 1
"Little Man" 6" x 8" FC Polychromos Pencils in Brown Sketchbook
Here's another attempt at a portrait, about 6 or 7 hours' work so far. It's a picture of my nephew, Ben, who is 11 years old, caught in a rare quiet moment! Ben is a lovely boy, full of beans and very bright. I want to try and capture his likeness in this thoughtful mode. I recently bought a new printer/scanner but I don't think it scans as well as my old one, deep joy. This scan of the drawing so far was the best I could get but I think the colours are pretty close anyway.
I really like the Polychromos pencil range for portraits, there are some nice subtle browns and reds like Nougat, Bistre, Van Dyck Brown, Caput Mortuum, Dark Sepia, Raw Umber, Burnt Ochre, Terracotta, Venetian Red. I've used all these and more on this. I'm trying to get a dark, moody look on the drawing (what's new?!) so I've used layers of Caput Mortuum Violet and Dark Sepia on the background and it will get darker still.
I think I must be a bit of a masochist because this is so hard.....just look at that hand position....good grief! I really like the pose though and wanted to try something a bit more challenging. I've spent a while getting the basic colours in and trying to establish a likeness. From now on it's a question of adjusting the values, blending colours and hoping I don't overdo it. Fingers crossed!