Monday, June 5, 2017

Portrait Practice

With all my love of grids and patterns and doodles I almost forget that there is such a thing as drawing and sketching actual realistic things. But it's good to keep a bit of practice every now and then, if only because variety is the spice of life.

So recently I sat down and focused on doing some portraits. I chose to do them in my huge A3 sketchbook and for models I chose my regular ladies: the mail order catalogue girls. It is exactly what it sounds like: just open a mail order catalogue that has people in it (in my case mostly women) and draw them. They stand perfectly still, they are professionals after all. ;-)

First I did four sketches in a brown graphite stick:

I found it challenging to work big and as you can see I have a lot  more trouble with a three quarter view than a full frontal one. I did like working with the graphite though. The third one is my favorite by the way.

The next day I wanted to take it a step further and do a watercolour portrait. The paper in the sketchbook is not suitable for watercolour, so I got out some watercolour paper of a somewhat smaller size and tried to capture another girl.

I enjoyed the play with paints and trying to layer onto previous layers to get it looking at least a little bit right. I'm not a great watercolourist, so this is about the best I could do.

I used to draw women and girls all the time, but now I hadn't done it in quite a while and I feel like I grew out of it a little. There's only so many hours in a day after all and if one is obsessed with patterns and such, those take priority over everything else. It's however good to keep your art muscle flexible and versatile.

Hope you are doing something different every now and then to keep things interesting and wishing you all a wonderful and artsy day.


  1. Your are really good at drawing faces. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Fijn om nog is wat portretten te zien , ik vind ze zo spontaan , ze doen me ook een klein beetje denken aan de portretten van kunstenaar Modigliani . Inderdaad af en toe is veranderen kan stimulerend werken.

  3. Oh my word, these are absolutely AWESOME, Carin!! Love them all but my favorite one done in the graphite stick is the very first drawing, it's near perfect so I don't think you lost anything with not having drawn them for awhile. (Smile) Also I love the one that you did with watercolors. I'm so glad that you share these with us as you certainly are an inspiration! (Hugs)

    1. Thank you so much for your sweet words Debi! :-)

  4. wow! I can't believe the last one is watercolor - you have so much control! I love that comment - I never thought about it before, but yeah, they are professional, and they certainly do hold still!!

    1. Thank you for your kind words Judith and yes those models really know what they're doing. ;-)


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