Again an old one. As you can see, back then I was mostly using gouache paints that I had just bought from a nice art supply shop at Heping East St (right next to the Art Academy, in case anyone wants to know). Although of course they call them “gouaghe” on the box. And the name of the brand is Osama, which – honestly – I found hilarious. Who wouldn’t?
This drawing is based on a picture of my Mum from many years ago and was meant to be a birthday present for her, but I didn’t make it on time and ended up giving her something else. I’m not going to give it to her now either. I like it as a drawing, but somewhere on the way the red pencil in the corners of her mouth went too blotchy and her beautiful smile doesn’t look like her anymore. And her eyes don’t look right either. I partly blame the tiny size of the picture, it’s really difficult to copy something so small!
This is something I drew right after Christmas, when I got my beautiful notebook and the 72-pencil set of Mondeluz water-colour pencils (which I ordered specifically – and the order included the exact position of both items in the shop. Otherwise I wouldn’t have gotten them). So I just drew whatever to try them out. I love my pencils!
As I’m cherishing a hope of one day actually becoming an artist (…or rather an artist-ish sort of person), I thought it would be a good idea to practice drawing more faces, especially male ones (girls are so much easier…). I’ve started with a photo of my good friend (the photo was also taken by me, so I’m not infringing any copy rights!). Hmm, the lips are not quite right, but on the whole I think it’s not entirely dissimilar… The purplish hues and the sharply visible splashes I owe to the courtesy of IPhoto, it actually is much more toned down in reality (can you call it mixed media, then?).
The friend is a musician currently living in Australia. You can check him out on Sound Cloud, he’s really good: https://soundcloud.com/lillis .
More portraits to come!