First a painting; recently I saw a You Tube video by a 15 year old girl that had been bullied since 2nd Grade. It was heart wrenching to hear this child had already attempted suicide 3 times. It seems she has found her way for now but the video left me thinking about this very real issue.
For Paint Party Friday hosted by the fabulous Kristin and Eva, a watercolor inspired by her story, I've titled it "You Don't See Me"
and this is a photo of my studio table on Wednesday for the most wonderful Julia's at Stamping Grounds What's on Your Workdesk Wednesday WOYWW. As you can see I am in the process of choosing papers to create the adorable Mr. Henrie.
Some of you wanted to see stages of my project so here you see I carefully choice a variety of handmade papers in Henries colors, keeping this life size photo present to insure I'm making good matches.
I always create eyes and noses first as I think they may be the most important part of catching a dogs personality, if the eyes aren't right then no matter how hard you try it's difficult to pull off a realistic portrait. Henrie has very liquidy eyes so after choosing the papers in the colors I wanted I pulled out some Crystal Lacquer to give them that shiny youthful appearance. I use a copic sketch marker to darken the deep brown paper because it wasn't quite dark enough for an exact match. I also use a little white gel pen to put the light reflection in his eye.
|Checking the eye I created for Henrie's portrait against his picture.|
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