Saturday, 24 July 2010

My daughter is going to kill me...

...for posting these. She doesn't like to be paint at all. And after these failures she could kill me. The good thing is she is not following my blog :)

I loved the portrait by David Lobenger, you can see it here, and see the difference between a pro and a so called watercolorist.

At the first try I started all wrong. Too much cool colors and they all turned to mud...



And the result is "The night of the living dead" :P

At the second try it seems like I started OK...

But again a lifeless poor painting. The right eye is so awful. I didn't even bother to put a background color. She looks like a zombie... Where did I go wrong??

11 comments:

David Lobenberg said...

Funny post! I have learned the fine art of watercolor portraiture by reading books by American artist Charles Reid, especially his book on portraiture. It may be out of print, but if you go to places like Amazon,com, you may be able to purchase used copies. It was my bible for h2o portrait painting. Another person who has published a book recently on h2o portrait painting is American artist Mel Stabin. One thing about expressive colors: they an be cool, hot, or both, but they also need to work together in harmony. Water color painting is not for the feint of heart. If you love the medium, you need to keep at it! Good luck and make sure your daughter NEVER sees this first attempt! :-)

mario said...

Ciao Yasemin, sei troppo severa! Non mi sembra male il risultato invece. Il ritratto รจ sempre molto difficile, io non ci provo nemmeno. Ma tu mi sembri proprio sulla buona strada!
Mi ero perso qualche tuo posto, ma ho recuperato, complimenti per i tuoi sketch. Buona continuazione delle vacanze!

Elvi said...

Io li trovo belli.I ritratti sono difficili e mi sembra che tu usando colori quasi "improbabili" hai reso
questo ritratto molto particolare.
Ciao Elvi

Yasemin said...

David,
Thank you for your time and advice. I have the book of Charles Reid, I've decided to study it instead of just looking at the paintings in it. And my miserable attempts are going in the darkest corner of the closet :) I'll keep them to see the progress, I hope I'll show some with time...
Thanks again!

Ciao Mario,
Ti ringrazio per il gentile commento. Dopo aver visto il ritratto da David L., i miei tentativi non mi piacciono per niente. Ma continuero a provare :)

Ciao Elvi,
Grazie mille :) Sei troppo gentile. Impariamo dai nostri fallimenti, no?

Lee said...

Yasemin, I think your effort here is remarkable! When I look at David's portrait, the first thing that strikes me is he doesn't use rich deep color on the face. There's a dark defining the ear, nostril, back of the neck and eye crevice. The majority of colors on the face are mild, "happy" and bright.
Do you have a sheet of red plastic? It really is fun to view a painting through it and check values.
I really enjoyed these!(I've only done portraits of my grandsons...they are too young to hold it against me.) Charles Reid's books are a great resource. Don't give up! There is an energy in this work that needs to be revealed.
All the best!
Lee

Yasemin said...

Lee,
Thank you very much for your encougaring words. You're right, I supposed to give the tone with colors but instead I went over and over and turned it to a mess. I'll give it another try :) Thanks again...

jane minter said...

yasemin i think your doing really well .. are you going to try another ? you've made me smile so much with your title ..can relate alittle with my portrait attempts of my daughters :)

Yasemin said...

Hi Jane,
Thank you very much. I definetly will try another, in a classical way maybe, without wild colors...
I was serious about the title :) She's on holiday now with her grands. I must hide the paintings before she gets home.

carlos diez said...

Hi Yasemin, portraits are always difficult and I think you are doing well and the process is ok. The second portrait is good, perhaps with less darkness in the right eye. I paint portraits in the classical way, but I'm going to try with these colours. The results are good as we can see in your two portraits.

Yasemin said...

Hi Carlos,
Thank you very much for encouraging words. You're right, the right eye is over-over-worked. I'm looking forward to see your colorful portrait :)

Sadami said...

Dear Yasmin,
The middle one catches my eyes. I admire your efforts. We all make messes and get something. Go, Yasmin, go!!
Kind regards, Sadami