This week is all about growing pains. Yes! learning to hone your skills is not an easy task. It takes dedication and lots of time. I can only do my best considering that this is not the only thing I do during my waking hours, but is the one I enjoy most. I’ve been wanting for sometime to paint a little less stylized and add more realistic features to my style. Well, it has been very challenging and daunting. I really need to practice more and more. As always my weakest area is shading. This is usually when things start going south. This time was not an exception. I was mortified with the way I was ruining my beautiful drawing. Below are the pictures. After many hours and lots of gesso I was forced to re-draw the eyes and nose. I managed to fix it. It is not finished yet but that’s how far I am now. I will post a pic once I finish.
Original drawing. At this point all is good.
Ouch!!!!! This hurts. It takes guts to put your bad work on-line. But I just do it to show how I was able to fix it. Probably for an experienced artist the approach would be different. But remember that I’m in the growing stage.
Retracing and correcting mistakes. This puppy can be fixed.
Much better with covering the gesso. Now I can step back and analyze what else is not working. I have a feeling it is the eyes. Be that as it may, I am continuing and will post my finished painting at a later date.