19 November 2010

Artist Portraits Part III

I have finished both the Lee and Leyendecker editorialized portraits, going back into both of them for corrections and such. Lee, I think, is fairly set. I have him here. Leyendecker requires a bit more fine-tuning, so he will be posted up shortly after Lee, once I feel good about it.

I had a blast working in watercolor on Lee. I was a bit apprehensive about getting it the way I wanted, as I have had annoyances lately with where my watercolor was going. But, through a several week period of philosophical and technical re-examination, and a brief re-freshment in my bout with oils on Leyendecker, I found my "zing" again and my watercolor direction is better.
Color reference for the face was key, for, while I can draw without too much reference, my color application is not yet strong enough to go it alone.
I have miles to go, but I think my application is more satisfactory and certainly in harmony with my drawing approach.

Artist Editorial Portrait, Alan Lee, Watercolor, 2010.

Leyendecker soon to follow.


  1. Your work is as beautiful as your writing. Keep on doing what you do. And I'm sure you'll blow us away when senior show comes

  2. By the way, I am fitting in the additions to the oil Leyendecker piece around these last two weeks of prompt work, so the finish will be uploaded relatively soon to conclude the artist portraits sequence. I am looking forward to it.

  3. Aw, you'd lost your zing! Now I hear Judi Dench, saying 'Zing, zing!'

    The eyes are spot on.