So I actually didn't think that this was going to work out as a portrait. Mostly it was just sort of an experiment to see if I could use a little bit of color to give a 'glowing' effect. I also wanted to make a portrait that shows more movement because a lot of my work (especially the portraits) tends to be more 'still.'
I got the idea for this one from a couple of photographs I took of my daughter last year. They were really good pictures, but I didn't think that they would really work as drawings. Sometimes photos should just stay photos. But, I've been working on this new technique of combining charcoal and color in a more sophisticated way, and because these photos had such nice color I thought it would be an interesting challenge to see how much color I could take away but still have that bright, glowing effect.
I really like the way that it has turned out thus far. Though I still have an issue with a few elements. Sometimes I think it's better to stop working on a drawing and put it away for a few weeks.
Love it? Hate it? Let me know what you think!
P.S. My husband has also decided to start his own blog. I was going to highly recommend that you follow him, but it's becoming painfully apparent that his only goal is to make me look like a douche.