Portrait work #1


It’s been a long time since I’ve done a portrait.  I’ve just finished one that I am not satisfied with.  It may be that you will always be your own worst critic, but I think you know when you’ve done a good portrait.  First you can recognize the person.  Second, it looks like your source.  On this attempt I believe I’ve failed with both.

I will attach both my source picture and then my attempt.  I am putting this up here mostly to serve as a record of my efforts so that perhaps with more work and future attempts I can come closer to the source material.

My first error starting off, was chosing a family member to attempt to draw.  I’m out of practice.  I should have started with a subject without the emotional connection. Starting with a celebrity or a someone famous, might be a crutch but I think it would have been wiser.  I think others as well as myself would be less critical.  I’ll let people judge the work for themselves.  Drawing people you know or family may not be flattered by the work, or outright insulted.  If this ends up being the case this post will disappear.  I will likely try it again later when I work on some other portraits.

I’m particularly unhappy with the face, as I don’t think I got the youth or expression in this image.  Let me know what you think.  First the original, then my attempt.