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I've finally completed the portrait! My favorite part of the painting the girl's hands and how gently they are holding her little friend. She's feeding the guinea pig a piece of banana and clearly the little guy is enjoying being held and taken care of, not shy at all! I also love her eyes and her smile.
Well, now this girl is 12 years old, but the photo was taken when she was 8. She has grown, her hair is long, and her teeth have filled in. It didn't take me 4 years to complete the painting, but it did take me 4 years to gather the courage to start it. So glad I did!
My human portrait is almost complete! Now the girl's hair is filled in, as well as the Guinea Pig that she loved so much. Its really exciting to see her "pop" out of the canvas and come to life. Unlike painting animal expressions, human expressions are somehow more complicated, and I can't explain it. Maybe its the slight raise of the eyebrow, which can mean the difference between looking surprised, bored, apathetic, etc. Animals technically do not have eyebrows (this subject is open for debate), and so it is interesting to learn how much the only hair we have on our face can let people know how we feel.
Anyway, I should have this portrait underway in no time, stick around for the updates!
Welcome to my blog. Here you will find portraits in progress and other fun new projects and ideas I will be working on. Currently I am trying my hand at a human portrait, which you can see to the left.
Painting skin is really quite different than painting fur, because the colors are very complicated. For example, the beautiful girl I am painting is a Zapotec Indian from Oaxaca, Mexico. The colors I've used are red, yellow, white, blue, and two different types of brown: van dyke and burnt umber. The girl's arms are darker than her face and chest in the photo, which require more pinkish tones.
I like looking at this picture, now turned portrait, because it captures the essence of the Oaxacan people: beautiful, giving, and gentle. I am proud to be from such an extremely rich culture and heritage, I am really excited to see how this portrait progresses. And I invite you to go on this journey with me, so please feel free to drop in any time.