Childhood is a phase, cherished by all. I came across a client, who wanted a ‘One of a kind’ portrait for her daughter, to treasure for a lifetime. Coming across such challenges are not easy, as the sentimental value sets the benchmark high.
She wanted something that couldn’t be replicated, something that could compliment her daughter’s charisma.
The challenge was interesting, I got straight up with it.
Getting on board with the challenge of Making Photorealistic Painting:
To begin with, I started experimenting with different mediums like oil pastels, dry pastels, and stealers (basically Prismacolor). My reason for choosing them was crystal clear, as they perfectly complemented expressions exhibiting softness.
For my base material, I selected a whiteboard (which I got from Ikea). As the board was glossy, it would have proved to be a difficult media to work with. My fix was using a whiteboard built from fine grain, which in turn turned out to be a great base for my artwork design. My initial thoughts were to work with flat colors, pencil colors too maybe?
Knowledge acquired from experimenting:
Initially, I began on a wooden medium by applying gesso (Daler – Rowney Simply Acrylic Gesso, 16.9 FL OZ, White) but this was too thin a color, after adding two coats more, it was still not a very smooth medium.
Did I give up? No, I didn’t. This technique was going kind of bold, also the white frame and board were beamingly bright opposed to what I wanted to bring out!
I sat down and did a bit of brainstorming. I thought about wood, its finish and alas, I again started looking for a board of wood with fine grain. I bought an MDF 6mm board and to my surprise, the final outcome turned out to be better than what I expected. The board’s texture was perfect for the pencil.
Unveiling the Process of the realistic portrait :
The making: After quickly sketching the face, I started from the left side of the picture (recommended for a right-handed person). I then slowly started with the hair following the forehead and then the eyes.
After completing the eyes, I was bored a little, as it was a time-consuming task. I then turned to the dress which was quick yet fun.
Uphills in the way:
While doing the hair I started using the Prisma black color, that color has its own shine but also is a wee bit dull shade. I was looking for jet black color, to achieve that color effect I used charcoal black pencil above it and smudged around the areas.
Then fixing the color using the spray was a major uphill, as it made the color dull. So, in the end, I just fixed the hair as it had charcoal shade, which spreads real quick.
Sketching the frock was tricky, as the dress had a lot of pleats and folds. (Quick tip: To conquer such a task one should approach it from left to right. Always remember patience is the key when it comes to achieving the desired perfection in your work of art.)
I completed the artwork in roughly about 12 hours. As you are a witness to my work, you might as well agree that your talent paired with perseverance and hard work ends up giving you the best results!
Image1: Portrait kid Art