Saturday, November 22, 2008

Portrait of Frankie

This is my second and last portrait for EBSQ’s 2008 Portrait Swap, the lovely Frankie Paquin. I had three photos to choose from, but this one appealed to me the most. It was also the most difficult composition. I left the mirror until I was three quarters of the way finished, mostly because I was dreading it. Sometimes when I’m painting things like that I get confused and I can’t really see it correctly. In the end, it was easier than I thought it would be. I just started placing the highlights in the approximate place I thought they should be, then went progressively darker. Of course, it’s not exactly accurate, but I was more concerned with getting the feel of the mirror than an exact replica.

Here’s a link to the Portrait Swap show, if you’d like to check out the other entries.


Frankie
8”x10”
Soft Pastels on Suede Matboard

9 comments:

Torrie Smiley said...

It is amazing! I love it~ You are so talented!

Torrie

Kari Tirrell said...

Thank you, Torrie!

Vern Schwarz said...

Kari, this piece is fabulous. I love that you can see a hint of her arm through the hair. Is this a competition that you are involved in? If so, good luck.

Robin Maria Pedrero said...

Kari,

This is gorgeous!

Kari Tirrell said...

Thank you Vern & Robin!

artbyakiko said...

Kari, this is so beautiful! Your attention to the details are just amazing.

Kari Tirrell said...

Thank you, Akiko! It was a fun portrait to paint. :)

Dana Marie said...

This was by far my favorite in the portrait show, it's simply gorgeous!

~ Dana Marie

Kari Tirrell said...

Thanks, Dana! I appreciate the compliment!