Monday, January 26, 2009

House portrait - final

After waiting a few days, I decided to do some additional tweaking to this house portrait - just added a bit of shading. Here is the final version.

Thursday, January 22, 2009

House portrait - inking finished

I have finished the inking for the house portrait (I think). I still feel like there might be some tweaking to do, so I am going to just let it sit for a day or two and look at it with fresh eyes to make sure there is nothing left to finish. I want to be cautious and not get too carried away with additional shading, but at the same time, sometimes one or two small changes can really improve the look. So, we shall see! The final image is approximately 9.5" X 7.5" and should fit nicely into an 11 X 14 mat.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

House portrait - inking continued

This is an intermediate snapshot of the pen and ink process for my current house portrait project. Now that some of the landscaping has been inked (trees, shrubs, some grass) and more of the house is finished, it's coming together nicely. Additional shading and finishing the landscaping will complete the portrait soon.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

House portrait - starting the pen and ink

I've begun the pen and ink work with this house portrait. It looks rather skeletal right now, but it will slowly fill in and really start to pop once the shading is added. Stay tuned!

Sunday, January 18, 2009

House portrait - final pencil draft

I am finishing up with the pencil draft on my current house portrait. As you can see, many additional details as well as shading suggestions are included. I'll begin inking soon.

Something different - pencil portrait of my great-grandmother

This is a pencil portrait I did of my great-grandmother. The photo I worked from had her face in shadow, so I rendered it that same way. If I did it over, I might lighten the shading on her face as it may be a bit too heavy. I don't often do portraits of people, but her kind eyes and well-lived wrinkles just made me want to give it try.

Monday, January 12, 2009

House portrait in progress - early pencil draft

This is a house portrait that I am working on. This is a very early pencil draft. I still have much work to do on it before I go near it with ink, but it is starting to shape up nicely. It's a bit hard to see, but you can get an idea of the perspective and layout. Stay tuned for more progress!

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