Painting People

I should probably just stick to landscapes… I can’t help myself though… I. MUST. TRY. NEW. THINGS.

The funny thing is that I have drawn a LOT of people in the past, especially in illustrations but have never really painted very many people. It’s a whole NEW ball game! As they say, the only way to learn is to practice, practice, practice, right? My hope is that even if they turn out blah at the beginning maybe they’ll evolve and bloom as I go??? Maybe…?

Anyways… I once again creeped different friends’ profile pics on Facebook (I promise I asked their permission before I used them 😉 ) and came up with these two beautiful friends as my inspiration –>

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Photo Credit to Jason Waight

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The black and white photo was my first attempt and then the colour picture next. Painting people is really HARD! Maybe I feel more confident with landscapes because I can manipulate and stylize them more. People still need to kinda look like people (ha!) and once they are stylized they take on a very illustrative quality – which isn’t quite what I wanted these to feel like. I admit that these didn’t turn out exactly as I had planned in my head – paintings rarely do it seems but I do like parts of them… (We’re always our own worst critics). As I said above – practice, practice, practice! Maybe one day I’ll feel satisfied with my people paintings and the good thing is that they are a challenge – challenges grow us!

I do hope all you Canadians out there had a lovely Canada day celebration on the 1st and that the 4th of July brings equal amounts of fun to our Southern neighbours!
Sunshine and summer warmth to you all!
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4 thoughts on “Painting People

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  2. I agree – painting people is scary and hard! I tried a few days ago too, and kept it abstract so as not to disappoint myself, haha. Yours look great!

    • The thing is that I could do realistic versions and paint exact portraits but that’s not what I want… I want it to be abstract – to be more of an impression of the person in colour, feeling and form. For me this is much harder than realism.
      Thanks for your comment and encouragement Heather!!!

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