Friday, January 25, 2008

Mary's Portrait - First Attempt

Well, honestly this may be the only attempt. I didn't get a good likeness, elongating her face more than it should be. But here's what I got. I need to watch Janet Rogers' dvd on portraits again and get back in the groove.

I'm planning a birthday portrait for myself, too, either this evening or tomorrow after open figure session.

3 comments:

Nava said...

It's not always about the likeness, as much as about the essence of the person. If Mary is the warm kind of person, then you've captured her!

And - when is your birthday?

Anonymous said...

Rhonda, if you are working from a photo, try copying it on the copier in black and white. Use a grid to transfer and do a strictly tonal portrait first. Happy belated Birthday. I've had a lot of success doing portraits this way. Joannie

RHCarpenter said...

Thanks, Nava :) Mary's son recognized her right away so it must look close - except I need to darken the eyes which are a deeper, darker brown, she says.
Joanie, this was from a black and white photo - the only one I have of her - but doing a grid would have helped me get the features more exact. I think I needed MORE COLOR! ha-ha