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Nice to be painting again

portrait practice

I was very ill last week and I’m still recovering. The most frustrating thing about not being well is the inability to paint. It was a wonderful feeling therefore to do some portrait practice yesterday evening, it means I am feeling better and soon everything will be back to normal.
This young girl uploaded her pouting face onto Sktchy App which is a great photo resource for portrait artists, the only negative is that everyone seems to pout their lips when they take selfies of themselves. A sign of the times.
Saunders Waterford Sketchbook, 28 X 38 cm

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Watercolour portrait practice

Meldrum Art portrait practice

I continue to practice painting watercolour portraits. Like I said before I use Sktchy App (iPhone only) for my model source.  Even though there is a lot of faults with this I am quite happy with it. It’s a journey, like everything else it takes time to become accomplised at anything and watercolour is a difficult technique so it’s gonna take a while before I can fell comfortable doing portraits. Please do not ask me to do a portrait, it would just stress me out. Ask next year maybe!  🙂
Size: 31 x 41 cm on Fabriano paper.

 

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Watercolour portrait fun

Goggles by Meldrum Art

Yes, I am having fun practising my portraits, the reason for this is I can see a large improvement every time I paint a new one. I have been using portrait images downloaded from Sktchy App (iPhone) which is great for artists and self-obsessed  selfie users who want a free portrait of themselves.

Painted on Saunders Waterford 26 x 36 cm

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Goggles by Meldrum Art
Goggles by Meldrum Art

 

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Portrait practice

Meldrum portrait practice

I painted a portrait last weekend and it wasn’t very good. I needed to practice. A friend of mine tipped me about an app for the iPhone called Sktchy. People upload there selfie portraits and artists paint them if they find them interesting. It’s a great copyright free resource for artists. I used the app for the first time yesterday. I have no idea who the dude is.

Arches 27 x 37 cm

Meldrum portrait practice
Meldrum portrait practice

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Grid drawing

This is a portrait of Swedish trotting catch driver called Björn Goop. I used a grid to help me get the proportions correct. It was really easy to draw his likeness in this manner, it almost felt like cheating! 😉

Björn Goop by David Meldrum
Björn Goop grid

Björn Goop by David Meldrum
Björn Goop

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Lars Lerin

I was reading Lars Lerin’s book, “Mellan husen” last night. It’s a collection of his work from the time he was living in Lofoten. I couldn’t resist trying to do his portrait. It’s close but something is missing.
Sketch of Lars Lerin
Sketch of Lars Lerin
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Imperfect portrait

I look at my portrait of Anders Zorn and wish I spent more time trying to capture his likeness. At the same time I am happy with the painting. I completed it during two of my lunch breaks. The clock was against me, it wasn’t perfect from the start but I pushed on regardless, my goal was to paint and learn, which I did.

Life drawing has thought me not to get hung up on details, just draw and never pause for thought until the bell goes pling! Some day I will have time to paint and I hope by then I’ll have mastered watercolouring enough to excel at it. Until then, I practice. Time permitting.

Anders Zorn by David Meldrum
Anders Zorn

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Self-portrait

I don’t recognize myself but others do …


I recognize myself but others do not.

I was using a mirror for my self-portrait. I discovered that no one I showed it to recognized me. They do not see a mirror image of course. I never thought about it until now, if I ever hang this painting on a wall, it will have to be close to a mirror!


Painting in the studio

Here you can see the original painting in progress, little did I know at that point that the portrait was flipped and therefore not me.


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More Bacon

I could not let it go, I had to have another try. This was a quick sketch were I focused on the shapes of the face and not the details.

Francis Bacon by David Meldrum
Francis Bacon