Saturday, July 16, 2011

Weaterbeaten, pencil portrait by Kirk Witmer

Pencil portrait, 9x12

Well, it's been a rough week at the easel. Four days worth of painting did not produce a single "survivor"; meaning I didn't think there was even one that was worthy of posting here without being an embarassment. Maybe my standards for my work are getting higher. Or maybe I'm just burned out on landscapes and I should go back to still lifes again for a time.
Anyway, I took a day and did another pencil portrait from a photo. Probably about eight hours in this one. I'm rather pleased with how it turned out, but it's "only close" to the cowhand in the original photo, so in that way it's a bit of a disappointment to me, because it tells me I'm not quite ready to be hiring out for portrait work yet. ....yet. But as this developed, I began to think "Hmmm, this is kinda lookin' like [insert name of famous person here], only older." I won't say for awhile yet who I was thinking of, just to see if any of you might see a resemblance too.

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  1. LOL! Glad you let this one "survive"! It's a great drawing!

  2. Thanks Kimmie, it was fun to try this new (for me) media. I think I'll try a portrait of someone that's readily recognizable just to see if they can be recognized from my portrait.

  3. I like! Pencil is a wonderful, detail-y change from paint...a chance to see every small nuance of your subject...enjoy the break.

  4. Yes, I'm enjoying the pencils. And unlike paint brushes, I don't have to clean them at the end of the day. Ah! Life's simple pleasures. :)


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