Posts Tagged ‘portrait of baby mary rose’

Portrait of Baby Mary Rose: Stage 6 – Pencil Drawing

Wednesday, June 25th, 2008

Portrait of Baby Mary Rose - 6 - Pencil Drawing

Portrait of Baby Mary Rose – Stage 6

Quite a big jump from the previous stage. Here, I’ve done most of the “underpainting” for the fabric she’s sitting on. Plus, her legs are almost finished — just a little more fine-tuning to be done in those areas.

Portrait of Baby Mary Rose - 6 - Detail 1 - Pencil Drawing

DETAIL 1 – THE CHANGES:

  • I have done some more work on her hair. The part I haven’t done yet is quite “messy” so I left that for later
  • Finished drawing the other ear (viewer’s right)
  • Viewer’s right eyebrow is now in place

I left the head area for a while and continued working on the arm down…

Portrait of Baby Mary Rose - 6 - Detail 2 - Pencil Drawing

DETAIL 2
Finally finished her hand so I am posting a close-up of that area as well.

The fabric underneath her fingers is showing the start of the furry texture. I practiced on how to create believable and realistic fur before I even started the portrait. I tried a few different ways and tools but decided on using a stick eraser. I hope it does the effect I am trying to achieve.

Faith

Portrait of Baby Mary Rose: Stage 5 – Pencil Drawing

Friday, June 13th, 2008

Portrait of Baby Mary Rose - 5 - Pencil Drawing

Portrait of Baby Mary Rose – Stage 5

Portrait of Baby Mary Rose - 5 - Detail - Pencil Drawing

Some more update on her hair. Also, more work on the nose, mouth and eye (viewer’s right). I really like how her cute little nose and mouth are coming along ;) .

Faith

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Portrait of Baby Mary Rose: Stage 4 – Pencil Drawing

Tuesday, May 27th, 2008

Portrait of Baby Mary Rose - 4 - Pencil Drawing

Portrait of Baby Mary Rose – Stage 4

Portrait of Baby Mary Rose - 4 - Detail - Pencil Drawing

Worked some more on the initial tones on the rest of the face, arm and chest. Started drawing the hair and the other eye. Also began adding detail to the nose.

Apart from experimenting with the mostly-graphite-powder-skin-tones method, I am trying to lessen the darkness of the skin tones as well. I tend to go quite dark because I feel that I haven’t achieved the skin texture I am going for unless I’ve applied layers and layers of tone, which often leaves the portrait looking too dark. I wonder if anyone else is in the same situation…

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Faith

Portrait of Baby Mary Rose: Stage 3 – Pencil Drawing

Wednesday, May 21st, 2008

Portrait of Baby Mary Rose - 3 - Pencil Drawing

Portrait of Baby Mary Rose – Stage 3

Portrait of Baby Mary Rose - 3 - Detail - Pencil Drawing

Just a bit of progress in this stage. A little more was done on the eye and I started working on the ear and eyebrow. This stage also shows the initial pencil strokes for the hair.

In addition, I worked some more on the background (smoothening it out and making the tones even) and darkened what she’s sitting on. I am actually planning it to be a furry sort of fabric like that of a teddy bear’s. I am not really sure what the correct term for that kind of fabric is but I researched and, I think, it’s properly known as “plush”. Anyway, please let me know if it’s wrong ;) .

Faith

Portrait of Baby Mary Rose: Stage 2 – Pencil Drawing

Friday, May 16th, 2008

Portrait of Baby Mary Rose - 2 - Pencil Drawing

Portrait of Baby Mary Rose – Stage 2

Here’s stage 2. Initial layers of graphite pencil have been applied to most of the drawing. I have also done quite a bit of her right eye in this stage but it isn’t finished yet. I included a close-up to show a larger view of the face.

Portrait of Baby Mary Rose - 2 - Detail - Pencil Drawing

In this drawing, I am trying out a new method for the skin tones which is quite different from what I normally use — it will be done using mostly graphite powder.

I used to do the skin tones with an “underpainting” of graphite powder and then layers of more graphite using mechanical pencils. In this portrait, I am trying to use the graphite powder as much as possible and restrict the mechanical pencils to the “finalizing stage” (filling out missed spots and adding sharp edges).

My application of graphite powder is the same as charcoal — brushing on light layers until I get the desired darkness and texture. This new method will, I hope, speed up the time I spend on my graphite pencil portraits while still retaining a detailed finish ;) . Hopefully, it will also give my drawings a softer look.

Please stay tuned for the next stage :) !

From the Art Studio,

Faith

Portrait of Baby Mary Rose: Stage 1 – Pencil Drawing

Wednesday, May 14th, 2008

Portrait of Baby Mary Rose - 1 - Pencil Drawing

Portrait of Baby Mary Rose – Stage 1
Medium: Graphite Pencil
Paper: Canson Grain
Size: 36 × 43 cm (14″ × 17″)

Hi everyone,

I haven’t been able to post anything for a long while now. I spent a good part of that time working on portraits which I can’t post right now as I haven’t asked permission from the subjects yet.

Anyhow, here’s a portrait that I am currently working on. This is stage 1 — the outline stage. Some of the reasons why this portrait is especially interesting to do for me are:

  1. It is a baby’s portrait (they’re so adorable to look at ;) )
  2. This is the first time I will be doing a “serious” full-figure drawing
  3. There are new subjects and textures for me to draw like shoes and lettering on her clothes

I am currently about a third finished with this drawing, but since I managed to scan it in between drawing sessions, I will post these earlier stages first.

By the way, this and all future image close-ups will be a bit bigger than what we usually post them. I decided to increase the size because I very much enjoy viewing other artists’ works up close to see and examine all the details that they’ve put in. I guess it’s a good substitute if I can’t view their works in person ;) . Anyway, let me know if you would rather have the smaller close-ups and I’ll change them back to the original sizes.

Faith