Although fantasy art is what I love, occasionally I like trying a dab of realism. I certainly am no master of realism but I love playing with shadow and light. Within as much, I have decided to do a side project portrait series. Although I am not using a particular reference I am doing much from memory of photography that stands out in my memory. Over the years I have been obsessed with drawing eyes….certain photographers have mastered the talent of capturing eye expression perfectly. I would love to be able to create an original piece that does this as well. I believe the more I practice the closer I may come to (not quite getting it of course) almost being happy with a piece. I lack patience……realism takes time and diligence and not as much creativity as I like to pour into a piece. Nonetheless, I really want to force myself to try this.
First in the portrait series being Out Of The Shadows. Although I fell short on the hairline, the jaw line and skin texture I felt comfortable that this piece was done. Now seeing it as I post, there are millions of things I could do to change it but I find it better to leave as is or I will never finish!
Second of the portrait series being Into The Light. I felt it fitting to honor Black History Month as well. I remember seeing a photograph years ago of a beautiful all natural black woman. Her eyes captivated me. She may have been a model and I only wish I knew of the model and photographer’s name to accredit my memory. I am still obviously tinkering with skin texture and shadow technique…..I always tend to lean toward adding creativity and I know that realism does not fully lean this way……I will eventually gain diligence to simply create without trying to be overly creative….maybe….hopefully?