Wednesday, 29 June 2011

Pencil Portrait

Sharon, who I went to the portrait demo with, posted a picture of her sister on the Painting Friends forum.  I liked the look of the photo and fancied making a portrait.
Every now and then, I feel the need to flex my fingers with pencils - so a pencil portrait it is:

Sisterly Smile


Its not perfect, I can see a couple of improvements I could make, but they're minor and I'm reasonably happy with the overall effect :)

34 comments:

  1. Wow, wonderful portrait! Her smiling face is amazing! You should be very pleased with this work!

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  2. Thanks, Judy.. I'm glad you think its amazing.
    Always hyper - critical, I can see a couple of improvements. But then, I think artists are generally more critical of themselves :) I should lighten up, maybe :lol:

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  3. Very weel-made portrait! Drawing faces is very difficult (for me) but you've made a great work! Arianna :*

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  4. Just beautiful. I think we all too critical of ourselves. ;-)

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  5. Thanks, Renske.
    I wonder why that is, the critical part? Anyway, glad you liked it :) xx

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  6. Hi, Pat,
    What a wonderful B&W!! So nice!! No flattering. Very good work. How could you be so tough on yourself. Let us enjoy, celebrate this work and move onʚ(ˆ◡ˆ)ɞ.
    Love&Smile,Sadami

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  7. WOW.. A really lovely portrait.. I just love her expression.

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  8. It has become very well. Portraits are very difficult.
    Elsbeth xx

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  9. Nose ... check, eyes ... check ... sorry two eyes .. check ... yep, all there. Seriously though Pat, what could possibly be wrong with this super portrait drawing which looks in proportion and, I'm sure, a very good likeness :)

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  10. Thanks, Sadami.
    oh I do enjoy it, I can just see a couple of minor things.. and I have always been critical of myself - but much better, recently :) xx

    Thanks, Prabal xx
    Thank you too, Elsbeth :) xx

    What did I see to enhance, Michael? The shadow on the far cheek could be lightened a little - its a touch heavy. And the near cheek I could have softened the part where it dimples into the smile :)
    I did say they were minor, and I was dithering to change or not.. and as I didn't - maybe they weren't that important at all :) xx

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  11. Beautiful work Pat. I love to see your work. And a pencil portrait is lovely. xx

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  12. Looks great Pat, I'll have to send my sis a link! I've tried this ref a couple of times and it's not that easy, with the tilt of the head. The scarf looks ab fab, I never had the patience to do the checks ;-)

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  13. Pat, its wonderful! Love the hair and her happy expressison!

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  14. Thanks, June xx

    Thanks Sharon - if you think its great, I'm happy :) xx

    Thanks, Maria.. glad you like it :) xx

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  15. This is a great portrait! You should do more of these! You captured this girl's expression and youthfulness so perfectly.

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  16. And so you should be happy - It really is very good! :0)

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  17. That is some pretty good "finger flexing", Pat.

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  18. Thanks, Katherine, Sandra and Kathryn.

    Pleased you all think its good :) xx

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  19. The sketch looks very good. I really like the shading and you captured that smile really well.

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  20. Lovely. Very confident strokes.

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  21. You did a great job, I like it a lot, I think it's captured her character

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  22. Spettacolare,sei bravissima Pat!!!

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  23. wow, awesome pencil portrait. I so admire your artistic talent

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  24. Como para no estar contenta,si has sabido reflejar la espresión de la boca,los ojos.........Precioso retrato.
    Un beso.

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  25. It's a beautiful result Pat, the expression is really great.

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  26. Es un buen trabajo y un buen ejercicio para las manos.
    Un saludo

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  27. I think you're very good with pencils, Pat, and I know it's not easy to make portraits. Congrats! xx

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  28. Thank you so much, everyone. *hugs*
    I took it to art club last night and the tutor thought it was pretty good. He said he doesn't often see me use pencils, but when I do, the result is champion :)
    So, of course, I started another one, which I hope to finish soon xx

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  29. You're very talented, Pat. This work is very good. I'm always afraid to do a portrait.

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  30. Pat, your drawing is so well done and looks just like her. A big "thumbs Up" :)

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  31. WOW! What a wonderful portrait, Pat. Her expression is really nice. Congratulations!

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  32. That is very very good!! I look forward to seeing the next one that you started!

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  33. Pat, I found it spectacular, we have to exercise all the techniques, the graphite is very good for us to view the contrast and brightness.
    Congratulations!

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