Thursday, January 29, 2009


I redrew the portrait of my grand daughter today and transferred it to another piece of colourfix. I then made a start on adding some layers of colour to the image. She at least looks her age now.

Children's portraits can be tricky if you're not careful. Features are placed slightly differently than in adult portraits and measurements are crucial to get a good likeness. (about time I took my own advice isn't it?)

I have another portrait that I've just started a line drawing for. In my plans for this year, I have decided to do several free portraits in return for a little more exposure from the recipients. All I'm asking is that the individual hang the portrait prominently either in the home or work area. Somewhere where it will get some traffic. I don't mind doing portraits gratis, in fact I quite enjoy portraits and the extra practice is always useful to me.


Stacy said...

This looks like a good start Jeanette! Do you mind me asking how you transferred the image? I'm used to using graphite paper to transfer my images for watercolor, but that wouldn't work so well for colored pencil.

Jeanette said...

Stacy, I scribbed a light cp over the back of the original drawing then transferred a faint pattern which I enhanced.

you could use a light box or a window too, depending on the paper you're using. It may not work with colourfix paper as its thicker and some colours are darker.

Robin Neudorfer said...

Isn't it great to be able to restart. Something that surgeons can do, or astronauts. Great to be an artist, don't you think?

What a precious face.

Anita said...

Interesting to see different people's approaches to the start of a drawing.