About a year ago, a kid named Paul sat for portrait night at Old Town Artists. The portrait from that session had a number of fatal flaws; primary among them was an absence of a mouth. Click here to reread that post.
Well a week or so ago, Paul returned, affording me a chance to redeem myself.
I fell flat on my face, again.
What you see directly below is the eventual version of that portrait. It’s the result of a lot of Photoshop re-work – the unretouched work was rife with anatomical distortions (see bottom of this page). Some of the problems have been corrected here.
The colors in this piece are pretty fun, and the paint handling is vibrant, confident, and varied – along the lines of the last posted picture – a much more mature man named Michael (click to view). However, it wasn’t until the very end that it became apparent how ‘off’ some of the proportions were.
Despite these complaints, a lot of the individual features are interestingly rendered. The eyes has some life to them, the shape of the nose is pleasing, and the lips are a vast improvement over the last attempt. They seem to curl, overlap and pout in a way that does some justice to the real things.
Part of the trick is that I looked -not only at the model- but also at a neighbor’s drawing to see how he was tackling things. That seemed to help crystalize things a bit.
Things could have gone better, but they could have gone a lot worse. Thank goodness for retouching software, though. Here’s a comparison of the stunted original (right) and the re-worked version (left) side-by-side. Yikes!
Till next time…