I made these cards for a trader who liked my Buster Keaton card. She asked if we could trade Lillian Gish cards. I’ve seen lots of her silent movies and find her face fascinating so I agreed immediately. I decided to use the trade as an opportunity to practice a little brush work and move away from markers. These cards were done with Ultramarine and Indigo watercolors.
Lillian Gish (1893-1993) made 119 movies from 1913 through 1987. Most of her films were silent. One of her more famous (or rather infamous) films was D.W. Griffiths The Birth of a Nation (1915).
My watercolor experiments continue. So far my favorite colors for portraits are:
a touch of burnt sienna
I mix scarlet lake and raw sienna on the palette for the base color. After that I go wet into wet and and apply an individual color on the painting moving it around to see how it looks. I let it dry for a bit and then apply another color.
I’m getting so excited about this medium! Do any of you have any favorite instruction videos to recommend? If you could leave them for me in the comments section I’d really appreciate it.
I was tagged by Mary at Artsy Musings and so to get back into the swing of things around here I thought I’d share six random things about myself:
I hate to exercise, but I’ve found that I like using a hula-hoop. I’m just so pleased that I can keep the thing going.
We got rid of our car a few years back. My husband pushes a wheelbarrow to the grocery store. I walk along with him to keep him company. I have been referred to as the “Wheelbarrow Lady.” But not often, thank goodness. I was worried that name might stick.
I’m totally addicted to making and trading ATCs. But then that is no secret.
I just completed my first portrait commission! My client loved it!
I failed drawing in college. I eventually ended up taking accounting. It was really more about attitude (mine) than talent. I’m glad I came back to drawing eventually.
I really can’t think of six things, how sad is that?
I just did an atc trade with a lovely gentleman that I know as “Coop” on my atcsforall.com trading site. We agreed to do a trade and asked me to draw the cult film director John Waters. I had a hazy memory of a guy with a big forehead and a cheesy little moustache. It seemed like fun so I agreed and set to work right away. I promptly fell in love with this face. Characters like this can be so completely absorbing. I loved building the eyes and working out the forehead.
My husband really loves this little card. I think he was a little sad to see it go into the envelope when I sent it on its way.
I’m finishing up my swaps for the year and that last one I completed was a self-portrait swap. It’s sounds so strange and big-headed to say that I enjoy drawing myself. But what can I say? I do.
I had to pretty myself up here for this drawing. I’ve been called sir far too often over the past few months. Not often, but just enough to bug me. Fortunately the culprits have all been women, so I’m not that worried.
I just completed my first portrait swap. Aside from a little nail biting it went great. My swap was with Ujwala from draw the line. We thought it would be fun to combine a portrait swap for the Portrait Party blog with an ATC exchange. Here is my entry. It took a lot of sketching to get what I thought was a good likeness from the photo that she forwarded to me. Then the challenge was drawing the final image on a 2.5″ x 3.5″ card and working out the tones on her face. I’m really proud of the result.
If you’ve followed Ujwala’s blog you know that she is all about trying new things and challenging herself. For her first ATC she made an acrylic painting. Wow! You can see her painting of me here. She’s inspired me to try painting a few cards myself, and to try a few new techniques to stretch myself more.
So thanks Ujwala! It will be so great to get my card. I’ll have another piece of art for my collection and a souvenir of a great experience.
I would love to do this again. If anyone would like to do a swap with me sometime, let me know.