7th Annual Portrait Swap is underway over at WetCanvas. The deadline for signing up was the end of October. And once that passed, the admins paired up folks randomly and you got a partner to exchange photo references, paint and swap portraits with. The work this year and feedback has been of a high standard. This link will take you to the fabulous work in their various stages on display in this thread.
My partner on this adventure is Max and you can see his take on me on his blog, Silver and the Birds. He’s done a fabulous job and soon it will be winging its way to sunny Colombo!
Here’s where I’m at today on his portrait. I had great refs to work with.
And I’m almost done. I’ll put in some more work on the hair, sweatshirt and background over the next few days. Below are some progress shots so that you can see what it went through to get here.
I was thrilled to hear from Nadine regarding a swap and accepted immediately. One of the activities I enjoy is portrait swaps. Lately I’ve had the chance to do a few but with the holidays just a week away this will be the last for a while.
Nadine‘s work is a pleasure to see and I’ve been admiring them over at The Portrait Party blog. Recently when visiting her blog I asked her about her technique soon after found that she had very generously shared a step-by step of her process. Have a look. She’s made it look easy and it’s something I’d certainly like to try out too. I’m looking forward to seeing her version of me 😀 ( Update : You can see it here and she has done a great job 😀 )
The photograph above is a crop of the drawing I made of Nadine this morning ( 3rd attempt 😛 ) . It’s more of a sketch actually. You can see the full piece below.
Acrylics were used because of the earlier experience of painting the Altoid tin cover. Problems of painting in that size had been forgotten and secondly getting a likeness had not been important then. It was quite difficult to control the brush in the 2.5″ X 3.5″ space. And getting a likeness successfully evaded me. Several smaller sized brushes should’ve been kept handy or at least that’s my excuse and I’m sticking to it! I have a new respect for all those artists who made miniatures!! Mellanie has been very sporting and has accepted the results. Cant wait to get a hold of the beautiful one I will get in exchange. Here’s a preview and you can read more about it on Mellanie’s blog, See.Draw.Share.
A couple of facts about these tiny art cards. ATC is the name used when they are traded and ACEO when they are put up for sale. These cards can be of at least 3 varieties – originals, limited edition prints and prints. The ones we are exchanging are original ATC’s. It’s been a great experience. Mellanie has started trading in earnest and I’m sure I’ll be trying out more soon.
Swap with Arindam for the Portrait Party blog. These quick sketches like participating in Illustration Friday are low pressure 🙂 There was no hesitation when Arindam wrote asking for a swap. I need to make sure though that the pens have various levels of ink. With this new refill I was unable to get additional values that I had managed with the same pen just the day before when it was running out of ink! Nor have I learnt the various cross hatching methods to get these variations. I dont intend to either as these undisciplined lines appeal to me more.
It was great doing a swap with Lindsay for the Portrait Party blog. Once I’d seen the fun photos that she’d sent, I felt I had to match them with at least an equivalent one. “Regal Nostrils” as Lindsay laughingly named it has been made using once such. I’m glad she picked that ref and I’m delighted with the result.
Lindsay’s portrait of me for the swap
A friends daughter had earlier examined the photograph carefully and proclaimed that there weren’t any boogers! And I can tell you I was very relieved as the thought of checking hadn’t crossed my mind when it was uploaded.
4″ X 6″ Pen & Ink sketch
This sketch made of Lindsay started off as a trial attempt at the back of an envelope. It turned out ok and was quickly mailed out to her before I could change my mind. You can read more about this swap on Straight Lines Out and on the Portrait Party blog.
Update : November 23, 2007 : Worked some more on the portrait today. Still very much a limited palette. Burnt Sienna, Burnt Umber, Ultramarine Blue, Cobalt Blue ( used by mistake 😛 ) Yellow Ochre, Titanium White and a teeny weeny bit of Sap Green. And oh I did use and equally tiny amount of cadmium red medium.
November 21, 2007 : I am making very slow progress on the WetCanvas Annual Portrait swap project. Incredible portraits have been started, finished and are in the process of being mailed out. If you want a treat go and have a look.
I’m one of the few in the group still stuck in the early stages. The 10″ by 12″ canvas board proved to be too small. I was waiting for my husband to return with some larger canvas boards [ i always have an excuse 😛 ]. Giving it another go on one that is 12″ by 16″.
The first layer was drawn using burnt sienna thinned down with turpentine. Today, I added in some white and burnt umber to separate out the light and dark areas. I’ve managed to shorten the length of the face a bit today but it needs to be shortened some more and the features need to be reworked. Leaving that for tomorrow night. 😀
In yesterdays post, I talked about the first two of my Going Nuts in November projects. This post expands on the other three 😀
The third project. While reading about Nanowrimo I can across Nablopomo, which is about blogging everyday for a month. Sounded like a good idea to me but when I went to sign up I realised that it was for the month of November. Did that stop me?? And now for everyday in November, I’ll be attempting to make a post a day.
And the fifth acitivity is attending an art appreciation course with either Rokeya Sultana or Javed Jalil at the Art Club Gallery. I have to go over in the next couple of days to sign up. I’d like to take sessions with both of them but then I think I’ll be asking for more trouble 😀
Now that you know the whole story – Wish me luck!
About the painting at the top of this post. One more wip. Started this self portrait several nights back. I’m hoping to progress it further before my hair grows back! There is a slight tilt to the head as I was peeping from behind the easel to look into the full length mirror on my cupboard. Oil on a 10″ X 12″ canvas.