I had been busy with portrait drawings commissions lately. Most of the commissions came from the St. James Holiday Bazaar Annual Sales. Exposure is good!
Commissioned drawing of a teenager, graphite and white charcoal, 10 x 8 inches by Marlene Lee
Commissioned drawing of a young boy, graphite and white charcoal, 10 x 8 inches by Marlene Lee
These portraits were done with graphite and white charcoal on Strathmore Grey Toned Paper. They are sized 10 x 8 inches. Several photos were provided by the client with specific ones to based the drawings from.
Interested in getting a portrait like this done? Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This is a oil portrait of a young man who posed for me at the International Festival. I was struck by how the light hit his face – nice shadows and light. So taken a photo of him, I painted this portrait. Again I’m using the Zorn palette. Because of the success of the sale of this portrait No. 34, I’m aiming to complete portrait.
The International Festival happened yesterday. The weather was perfect – not too hot and breezy. Another artist Scott Shephard and I sketched portraits for 5 hours. Kaitlyn, a UCD art student later joined us, making us a threesome to handled the long lines of people who wanted their portraits sketched. We met many people from all over the world – South Africa, Ireland, Persia, Korea…..Cool, breezy weather made this a pleasant event.
Here are some of the sketches I did….At the end I did 18 portrait sketches….
My husband and I were visiting SF Chinatown at the time and I spotted this elderly couple a few feet ahead of us holding hands. So endearing. My hub had just bought me a new camera so I snapped the shot.
The painting itself was one of those painting that questioned my ability to paint. But I paint through and submit it for the Valentine special exhibit “Hearts” at the Hallmark Hotel. And it SOLD!
But, bummer! I forgot to scan it in for inventory. Fortunately I had taken an Instagram photo. It’s not the complete image but it will have to work. Lesson learned!
I look forward to going to open studios. They are the stables of my art. They allow to practice techniques that I had learned.
With this particular 1 hour pose sketch, instead of starting with a gesture as I was taught, I started developing the head and slowly moving down to the feet. I noticed I was observing more, drawing what I see.
With an one hour pose, I found it easier to carefully draw.
The two, 5 and 10 minutes sketches can be seen on my Facebook page. Materials I used was mechanical pencils and white charcoal on Kona paper.
I found this photo of my oldest son, who is now all grown up, at the beach when he was two. What he is now as a young man and what he was as a toddler still amazes me. Even though this is not for sale I’m open for commissions.