Originally posted on March 10, 2016.
My apologies for the weeks spent not writing a blog post... This apology not only goes out to you readers but also to the blog itself (because, yes, part of me believes this beautiful thing I created is a living thing that shouldn't be neglected). I hope you can forgive me.
Anyway, I thought I'd update you since the previous blog post and tell you that I tried the whole half-being-faithful-to-the-original-portrait-photo-half-winging-it thing! I had taken a photo of a beautiful woman from Google search and drawn her face to resemble as closely as possible how she actually looked in that photo. Then, for a couple of weeks, I let that face sit in my sketchbook as I waited for inspiration to strike that would allow me to complete the drawing.
Finally, one day I forced myself to draw the rest of the portrait simply because I didn't like that I was basically postponing finishing the piece. Shortly after, I learned that I lost the original photo and could no longer find it on Google images (this taught me to always save whatever photo I'm drawing from instead of assuming it would always be one search away). This was when I decided to just "wing it." I had the woman's hair, neck and hat left to draw, so I went for it. Here is how it turned out:
I wish I could show you the original photo so you would know how much I winged it in this drawing! What I can tell you is that in the original photo, the woman's hair is pulled up in some sort of loose bun as there is much more shadowing in the neck area. For my drawing, I decided to let her hair down partly because I just love drawing hair this way and I thought the waves would frame her angular face really well. I also chose to lessen the shadow in her neck region so that the eye would wander in that area instead of just focusing on the face.
So, there you have it! Let me know what you think. I would love to hear any feedback you might have that I can perhaps use in my next attempt at half-being-faithful-to-the-original-portrait-half-winging-it. :)