The Most Beautiful Girl in the Tribe

I recently discovered the amazing work of photographer Jimmy Nelson and was inspired by his intense and beautiful portraits of tribal cultures around the globe. I heartily recommend seeing his work: http://www.beforethey.com/

Regrettably- I could only approach this new inspiration in my usual manner. So here’s a picture of someone in silly glasses.

A tribal beauty in silly glasses
The most Beautiful Girl in the Tribe

 

Video: Painting a portrait from imagination

I decided to make a video. People have been encouraging me.
It shows my painting process from start to finish when working on a portrait from imagination. It’s not a tutorial exactly but hopefully it’ll be of some help or interest to someone out there.

Frankly, it’s a bit stupid, but my main goal was to get to grips with making a tutorial video so if I ever want to then I can. Consider this one a dry run- I’ll probably make something more useful in the future.

Matilda

Here’s another quick portrait done for practice. Originally my plan was to record the process and upload it to youtube so I could show how it was done, but alas the best laid schemes of mice and men are oft to go plain bloody wrong. The video failed to work, after a 4 hour conversion process. Still, there’s always next time!

A portrait of an old womanI shall try again later.

More Face sketches

Here’s two quick sketch paintings of faces I did yesterday. I really love painting faces I do!

The first one is a product of reading “The strange case Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde”. He’s no particular character, I just wanted to paint a stern looking victorian.a portrait of a victorian

 

The second is just because I realised I paint men more often than women, so here’s one to balance that out.a portrait of a girl

Recent Sketches: August 2013

Behold, a selection of  recent sketches from my current sketchbook:

Here’s the preparatory sketches from “Keith & Sue 4 eva!!!”:

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Initial sketches for “Sue and Keith 4 eva!!!”

Face training 3: Keith & Sue 4 Eva!!

This is Keith & and his girlfriend Sue. As you can see they’re very much in love.

Kieth & Sue 4 eva!!!
Some might consider this a one-sided relationship.

It’s Ok, she’s not real. These two are fictional characters I came up with for the fun of painting them. After the last portrait I did to practice and entertain myself I wondered how I could keep things fresh and increase the challenge a bit? The answer: two heads are better than one!

The real fun of doing a multi-person portrait is that you don’t just seek to convey the details of the faces, but to convey the relationship between the subjects too. I’ve got a brilliant idea for what I’m going to do next…

Yeah, thats right 3 people. It’s the logical progression isn’t it?