This is what I do before I paint my mug shot portraits for the Hilton Head challenge or any portrait I am going to paint. I sketch...very roughly. I am just looking for relationships..I am not looking to make a pretty picture. Nothing is really finished. I want a reasonable resemblance. I am measuring the tilt of the head...the alignment of the eyes. This is where I make my mistakes ;) Well, at least some of them.
A small sketch for a wedding piece I am working on. I love the position of the mother looking at her child...dancing...so carefree. I can already feel the emotion and the story this painting will tell.
What happens if you come to my house to watch a movie? I sketch you as you sit. I get aggravated when you move...but I rarely say anything. I am just trying to work from life as often as I can. I, again, am working on relationships in each drawing. If someone actually falls asleep and stays in one position for a long time...then I am a happy happy girl!
I loved the way this little girl was standing with her let all askew and hip jutted out to one side. This may be a painting...I am still thinking about it. She had on a cute ruffled pink skirt.
I saw this couple at the National Gallery of Art. I am trying to decide if he adds anything to the composition or if I should just do the painting with the woman and the painting. I love her period dress...so lucky to have happened on her.
This couple was a guest at a wedding we attended in London. I love the regal look on the lady and her hat...who wouldn't love that hat!!!
I sketch almost every evening....I have a stack of source photos next to me and my sketch book along with plenty of Ticonderoga #2 pencils. I don't usually share much sketching because they are not really for show...it is practice.
Since these are all experiments and I am still working on compositions...feel free to add your two cents...I would love to hear what you think will make a good painting.