Monday 3 October 2011

Philip Proctor: a five sitting oil portrait.

And here's another painting that's a good example of a speedy oil portrait. This was done in five or six sittings. It's painted in oil and in tempera and if you click to look at the enlargement you can see the brush marks are all still there and they somehow describe the important parts of the face and expression. I hope it gives the feeling that you know the sitter. These head and shoulder oil sketches make a traditional yet lively portrait.

Sunday 2 October 2011

Dark hair and Blue Eyes

Here's another traditional coloured Chalk portrait that I did recently. Issy is in her early teens and sat for two hour-long sittings. These finished chalk drawings are always a joy to do. The drawing is fresh and quick but somehow captures the detail of face and hair. The live sittings are both a pleasure in terms of the drawing and getting to know one's sitter. These drawings make a lovely present both for young and older subjects.