I wanted to draw a mouth for the letter M, get back to the human form for a bit. I couldn’t decide whose mouth to draw, just knew I wanted a famous one. Then it hit me. And her initials, both M’s too! The challenge was finding a non-toothy smile. (I’m not ready for teeth yet.)
Can you guess whose mouth this is? Well, maybe if the drawing was better, you could. I could get hooked on portraits if all of my subjects looked like her. She was a knockout, and spending an hour on this drawing only made that more clear. No flaws to be found!
Here is a link to the photo I used. It’s a 3/4 shot, so it was a bit challenging: http://www.thisismarilyn.com/artwork/signorinasirena-2009072391337-Tr_Picture_OF___-original.jpg
I’m actually thinking about revisiting this in a larger drawing, so if anyone can suggest any books on portraits, or something I should be paying closer attention to next time, I’d really appreciate it.
The whole time I was drawing, “Candle in the Wind” by Elton John was going through my head, and so I’m thinking I might put a candle underneath her chin in the portrait. I think that’d be cool.
A burnt carmine Polychromos and my trusty 3×5″ Handbook sketch book helped me out this time, and believe it or not, this took over an hour. Back to birdies tomorrow, and looking forward to it! A fellow blogger graciously gave me permission to draw one of his photos. I’m stoked. I hope you’ll have a minute to stop by then.