H is for … ?

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This portrait kicked my buttock last night.   It was much harder than I thought it would be.  Maybe because he has a pretty vanilla face, and I’ve been drawing faces with really distinctive features that are easier to get closer to capturing?  I don’t know.  But I hope all my good guessers will weigh in!  🙂    The letter H is for the character he plays, but I drew the actor as himself (no H’s).  So, there’s your hint!

I’ve decided to take a break from portraits until the workweek is over.  These babies take 2-3 hours to do, and as much as I enjoy them, it’s no fun being up late night after night drawing and then working a long day too.  So I think I’m going to zen out for awhile with abstract watercolors at night and try and sneak more portraits in during the weekend.  I have reference images printed out for letters I through N, and I don’t want to skip those faces, so I’ll just stick with the alphabet for the portraits and go with whatever tickles my fancy for the abstract stuff.   I’ll still be posting every day, cause that was the point.  Busy season or no, I will make art every day.  Tonight, I think I need to make a few extra ZZZs, though.

What I learned:

  1.  I need to go lighter when placing my initial guideline marks.
  2.  Thin lips aren’t easy to draw!  Less margin for error?  Probably.
  3.  Dude has an odd nose, yet he is very handsome!   How does he manage this?  (True, this isn’t something I learned.)
  4.  Two late nights in a row do not two good portraits make.

I hope you’ll enjoy some floaty-free watercolor for the next couple days while I make some dates with Mr. Sandman.  Catch you on the flip side.  Oh, and thank  you so much for all of your praise and encouragement as I explore the world of portraits!

40 thoughts on “H is for … ?

  1. I totally agree with you about portraits, I did a whole bunch in January and burned myself out. They are so hard, particularly to get a good likeness. I think you’ve done brilliantly so far, and this again is easy to recognise as Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter).

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  2. Well I could see it was Harry right away…of course glasses make a difference in recognition. I think you’re doing a great job with these.
    And I identify with not having time…I’m looking forward to your paintings. For me, doing a drawing is much easier. I haven’t painted in days because it takes so much energy for me to do it.
    But I can always do a collage!

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    1. Collage is a great idea! I need to dip my toe in that one. That would be nice and zen at the end of the day. Thanks for your kind comment, and for guessing too. The painting I did for tomorrow’s post is very abstract, and was very low stress. I was just playing with color. I’m happy with the way it turned out, but I’ll be curious what you’ll think of it. It might be the kind of thing that’d even work for you at the end of the day. Looking forward to the weekend already! 😀

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  3. This is a great portrait. You really captured him!

    I was confused at first because his name jumped into my head immediately but it didn’t have any H’s in it. I had to wait a couple seconds for my brain to catch up and supply his character’s name for me.

    Maybe of you’d have added a scar on his forehead I would have remembered sooner :P.

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    1. That’s a great guess, and thanks, Jodi. He may look more like JP than the guy I was drawing lol! The guy I was drawing is prob more recognizable if I drew him younger. Tho photo I used was fairly current.

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        1. Thank you for saying so, but I was hoping he’d be as good as Whoopi, and I feel like he’s really not. I’m realizing how hard portraits are – it seems the closer you want to come to a likeness, the more difficult it is, but I figure with practice, I’ll improve. It’s a bit frustrating at times…..wishing I could add a few more hours to the day, so I could sleep and draw too. 🙂

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    1. Thank you so much! I’m looking forward to your updates as well. WP is so great for bringing like-minded people together who probably would never have met otherwise! Re: the few hours – usually it’s 2-3 hours, sometimes less, but I hardly ever work larger than about 6″, which helps to keep the time down, I think.

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    1. That’s a terrific guess – I found a photo of Dancy that looks almost identical to this photo. My subject is much younger, but his face is pretty vanilla, I think. He looks like lots of people! It made this one a lot more challenging for me.

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  4. Oh, wow, you keep getting better too!!! Awesome! Whoopie and him here now – absolutely great. Directly new who he is, but couldn´t think of his name. Maybe, because I´m not that much into Harry Potter. Very well done! 😊

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  5. I hope you get all the rest your heart desires haha! Poor thing, but still keeping the art alive and beautiful. You are fantastic. I’m excited to see what you will do with watercolors as you explore. As a huge Harry Potter nerd, this sketch is awesome!! On point with the nose and shading.

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    1. Thanks Alisa! I can’t imagine a day without art now. It’s just a part of my routine, so the blog has accomplished what I was aiming for!! Thanks so much, I’m so glad you enjoy my little piece of artiness over here. 🙂

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