I was asked to come and photograph four sisters each of whom I’m painting a 12″x10″ portrait of. All four of them were a delight to meet and photograph and it really makes it a treat to work on images like this. Hope you enjoy little Abbie’s progress and check back soon for her three sisters who I’m currently working on. I also filmed most of Abbie’s portrait and will be producing a few tutorial videos on my Youtube channel demoing skintones, hair, eyes etc. Check out my channel at www.Youtube.com/emmacolbertart for more tutorials.
My first task is to sketch out my line drawing and this is after I’ve transferred that onto a sandy colour of the velour paper I use. I’ve tried to add those lines on her jumper as best as I can to give me a rough idea of the form but it will only be a rough guide when I come to that part.
Starting to build up the skintones. I hope to get my video edited soon so you’ll be able to see most of this process in real time. I’ll do my best to explain in that video how I layer up the thin coats of pastel and blend them together.
In my last blog post we were in a small town called Casares up in the mountains. Before we leave I take the long lens out to photograph these goats climbing the mountain. This is shockingly high and I watch as each one zig zags up the steep cliff face without any trouble.
After this we were off to Gibraltar. This is really the only photo I took in our couple of days there as I spent most of the time working. You can see the rock in the background, next time we’ll get up there and explore a bit!
This is a really useful tool. It’s a tortillon and it’s just made from paper. You can get them in different sizes and I use it to blend small areas, or create a sharp line like I’m doing here around her cheek which is contrasted against the darkness.
We arrive at the most Southerly point of Spain in Tariffa. From here on a clear day we can see Africa. I’ve been trying to get a shot of Brocci in full flight for ages and today’s wind provided the perfect opportunity!
Brocci made a giant friend. This is Balloo the Black Russian Terrier. Apparently the breed is a mixture of a Newfoundland, Schnauzer, Airdale Terrier and Rottweiler. He was a beast but Brocci outbarked him!
Starting work now on that stripey jumper. The weather is so windy while I work on this that the whole van sways making it hard to keep a steady hand! It made it impossible for me to film the jumper’s progression but hopefully you can see from the progress pictures I took how this was built up. Using a dark navy blue I roughly mark in the first layer on the stripes.
Then using a mixture of light blues and yellowy white I do the same with the light stripes. Anywhere that is in a slight shadow I make it a very light blue. The sunlit areas get my brightest Grey27 (Unison’s yellowy white) or pure white to really brighten it.
Hope you enjoyed my progress on this one. Please check back soon for her beautiful sisters.