It's another beautiful bright Autumnal day here in Norfolk UK. When I've done a few little chores, I plan to play in my room for an hour or two, then I'll have a nice walk through the sunshine to spend some time with my son, and this evening I have a card-making jolly to look forward to - what a perfect day!! I hope you're having a good day wherever you are :o)
It took me several days to work through the lesson for week 41 of Life Book 2016, but it was a really enjoyable process and as always I tried out lots of new ideas. The wonderful Kristin Dudish showed us how to paint a multi-layered self portrait. Mine turned out very strangely I think, but I'm going to share it anyway as it's part of my LB journey ...
Hmmmmm .... yes .... definitely needs work!! :o) I'm glad I went with Kristin's suggestion to take a picture of the background before painting the portrait as I really liked this effect ...
This was a many-layered process and I kept coming back to it over the course of a week. I started by scribbling positive stuff about myself all over the background; then washed over it in watercolours; doodled some favourite images in biro over that; painted a quote using a brush dipped in black acrylic paint; filled in the spaces with colour.
Now it was time to sketch the outline onto the background. Kristin showed us how to use a grid technique using a printed photo as a reference, but I couldn't print, so just drew it free hand from a photo on the laptop - possibly had I used the grid technique it might not have turned out so weirdly wonky!! Kristin showed us how to mix a greytone palette, which was really fun, and I love the greytone image against the colourful background.
Here's a picture I took when I had just started to block in the areas of light and shadow, before I got totally absorbed in the process and forgot to take any more pictures until the end ...
It will certainly make a strikingly colourful addition to my Life Book that's for sure :o)
Thanks for visiting my blog today, see you again soon and have fun creating this week!