Thursday, October 1, 2009

Libby - Almost There?

Well, I think I'm getting into the short rows with Libby's portrait. I emailed a copy to the lady who has commissioned the portrait and I hope to hear back from her soon.

I can see a couple of things that need changing now that the ref photo and the portrait are side-by-side - mainly that her face may be a tad too wide. I've used eyes from another photo of her but they weren't very clear in that photo either so the eyes and nose are a lot of guesswork.

So, critiques are welcome. This is my first white animal and I think white animals are way more difficult to render than black ones!

This is pastel on Ampersand's Pastelbord and when the painting is finished, I plan to seal it for glassless framing. This is a gift that will have to be shipped and since it will be framed also, we don't want to have to ship it with glass. I've been experimenting with a method used by Jana from Phinearts and it seems to work better than others. I basically use her method but don't work on canvas so don't have to prepare the canvas as she does. Please pray that it all goes well when the time comes to actually seal it!


Paulette said...

Over all I would say you have done very well with this one!
I love the colours!

readingsully2 said...

Jan, she is fabulous. YOur work is just words really. :)

Our Treasure Hunt begins on Monday. I hope you will be able to participate. Check out my blog for information. Thanks.

Jan said...

Thank you both, I've touched up a couple of places and am finally pretty satisfied with it (can you believe it?, my customer likes it and I'm on to the glassless prep for it! Yaaaay!

Carole, I'll be sure to check out your blog for the Treasure Hunt!

Thanks to both of you for stopping by!

Teresa said...

You've done a great job on this, Jan! And Libby's white fur looks really good....