December 05, 2009

Child Head & Shoulder Portrait - Work In Progress

Here is what I have so far on the little girl's portrait. The curls are a definite struggle for me but, I am glad for the struggle because it forces me out of my comfort zone. I am still going to refine the hair and features a little more, but first I'll move on to the other areas of the portrait and then tie it all together toward the end. Any suggestions, comments, or critique is always welcome. ;o )


eidolons said...

That looks amazing!

Jan said...

My goodness! For someone who was unsure about curls, you're doing an amazing job on all of her! Can't wait for the next update!

C Hummel Kornell a/k/a C Hummel Wilson said...

Your work is awesome. The hair is coming along fabulously. The eyes are beautiful but I would like the lights in the eyes to be just a bit larger. It seems like they are a bit bigger in the photo. It is a wonderful portrait and the recipients will be so happy.

Christine said...

@ Melissa, thank you ! ;o )

@ Jan, thank you for your uplifting and kind comment! It's only by the Grace of God that I was able to do what I did here...believe was asking constantly for guidance.....and still am. It's good to hear from you again. Hope you are doing well! ;o )

@C Hummel, you are right about the catch lights in the eyes. I'll make them a smidgen bigger. I appreciate you looking closely and letting me know... Thanks for taking the time to comment! ;o )

Kelley said...

This is turning out beautifully. The mouth looks especially good.

Teresa Mallen said...

Great job Christine! Her face is so lovely already and those wip curls are going to be wonderful!!

Okay for a different perspective regarding the highlights in the eyes - I prefer your version. When I click on the photo to enlarge the image, it seems to me that the 'highlight' is located in the iris area, not the pupil. The location and the pinpoint size and shape suggests to me that rather than a true highlight, what we are seeing is the result of a flash being used when the photo was taken. So if this were my drawing, I would do what you did, under-emphasize the dots or I would look at a portrait photo that was taken without flash so I could improvise a natural looking highlight.

As a photographer, you probably already know that using a flash also tends to flatten the planes of the face. Just a reminder to watch out for this... :-)

I am really looking forward to seeing this progress!

Christine said...

Thanks Kelley! I keep saying over and over as I work on her..."what a cute little girl" lol...all of her features are just so perfect.

Thank you Teresa for your valuable input. I truly appreciate it!
I always have a tendency to change the catch light in portraits to my liking, and not strictly following the reference. It's just the photographer in me, and knowing where the catch lights ought to be.....Many pictures are shot with frontal flash, which is the worst light possible for a good drawing reference. This is a pet peeve of mine when I see beautiful portraits done with the catch light right in the middle of the's not only unattractive but also, because of the intense burst of light, contracts the pupil way to totally ruins an image in my view. In most cases it looks rather unnatural, and gives a not so friendly and piercing look...this is especially undesirable for child portraits. Frontal flash is definitely a problem for drawing portraits. Ok, I am getting off my soap
Thanks again for taking the time to look and comment! :o )
I will post an update within a couple of days.

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