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Tuesday, December 15, 2009

DSFDF Annual Portrait Challenge 2009



I have just started working on my DSFDF Portrait Challenge. We got our pictures last week, and although we are not told who our subjects are, I am almost certain I
know who I am painting :) This is the first time I have participated in the portrait challenge, and I am already having a blast!

Here's my first stage. I cropped my photo, then drew a grid on my canvas before starting to draw the face in. I loved the eyes in the photograph, and really want them to be accentuated in the actual painting.

What fun!!!

11 comments:

AutumnLeaves said...

I don't know who she is, Claire, but she is coming along beautifully! Maybe I should use grids when doing portraits...or anything else for that matter! It seems to work so well for so many!

Pat Koscienski said...

Glad to see you entered this, Claire. I didn't for fear I wouldn't get it done.. I'm so ill-prepapred for Christmas. I'm looking forward to seeing your progress on this one.

Petra said...

Dear Claire,

ah, I see, you know what's going on ;)
I guess you'll be doing a wonderful job!

See you
Petra

Claire Beadon Carnell said...

Thanks, Sherry. I don't do portraits that much (although I want to start to do more), and I have found this method really helpful when working with a photograph. It really does facilitate getting the facial features down where they need to go...course I usually start to lose them when the paint begins to go on :)

Claire Beadon Carnell said...

Thanks, Pat - I'll probably be getting mine in at the very last minute, but I really, really wanted to do this.

Claire Beadon Carnell said...

Petra, I will do my best to bring out your natural beauty. When I looked at your photo( aside from recognizing you) I thought that you bear a resemblance to one of my favorite actresses, Emma Thompson. This will be fun. I really like what you have down so far with mine - my daughter saw it on my blog roll first and instantly recognized it as me!

Paula Cravens said...

Lookes like a great start Claire. Glad to see that I'm not the only one that graphs! If it's good enough for the old masters, it's good enough for me.

Claire Beadon Carnell said...

I agree, Paula! Thanks for commenting.

dominique eichi said...

Wonderful start ........I can't wait to see it with some color.

Claire Beadon Carnell said...

Thanks, Dominique. I am taking advantage of our snow storm today and have started with the color! FUN STUFF!!!

Bobbi Heath said...

Yeah Claire, I graphed mine too! As you say, the features need to be in the right place. I was astonished at how wrong I would have been if I had drawn it without the grid. You portrait of Petra is lovely, one of my favorites in a field of excellent work.

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