On a whim, I decided last week to crack open one of my many vintage magazines and see if I could reproduce an image. I am beyond amazed that I actually managed to 1) finish something, and 2) find that I’m happy with the result, especially considering how flat and grainy the original image was! I especially wanted to throw in the towel once I got to rendering the hair (never my strong suit). Let’s hear it for perseverence!
To me, this portrait is a direct result of all the practice, practice, practice that began with the portrait studies of the “30 Paintings in 30 Days” challenge. Even though the reference image had matte colours and little light information, I had completed enough portraits over the last few years to be able to fill in the blanks. There’s no way I would have been able to do this without having put myself through that “boot camp”!
Well, this gal has had quite the makeover! You may remember her as the painting that refused to cooperate, but I just didn’t want to let her go. After all, I’d put so much work into her! So when I went back to it, I decided to change up a few things, colour-wise. I think she looks better this way (also, she looks meaner, which is not a bad thing).
Her bio reads thusly: “Young co-ed superhero whose superhero power is the ability to have an unbelievably large circle of friends, admirers, and hangers-on, and this despite the fact that she’s never been particularly nice to anyone. Like, EVER. Also, no one is exactly sure where she lives.”
I decided to stop making things harder for myself, and finally give in to the siren call of Photoshop. I’ve been playing around with flat colour and cleaner graphics, and I’m digging it!
Allow me to introduce you all to Violet, whose superpowers include (but are not limited to) being able to balance a pre-med program, helping out in her family’s corner store on the week-ends, and attending any record listening party she can.