I'm not sure why, but showing my experiments always makes me feel more vulnerable. But here goes anyway! This is drawn from a photo of my cousin's grandmother. It was a black and white photo and she had her daughters standing behind her. I exaggerated some proportions and the color of the dress is completely 'artistic license'. It is done in charcoal with watercolor and white gouache on a toned background. I need to add some highlights to her face since forgot to save them when I added the watercolor. I do like this piece, with the exception of that light blob at the top right that wouldn't take any more color. I probably was holding it down with an oily thumb or something. It was done in my 9x12 aquabee sketchbook.
I seem to be at a crossroad, not sure where to go next. In a way I really crave to be working with oils. But at the moment it doesn't seem like a good idea to spend a bunch of money on new supplies, especially since I'm currently limited on space. I liked using the charcoal and gouache with the watercolor and maybe I'll try more of that. I think what I need is a good exciting subject. Or maybe an art buddy. My sister will be staying with us for a while when she returns to the US. She'd make a perfect model. I wonder how willing she would be to sit still for me. Can't wait for her to get here!
Hope you're all doing well and staying creative!
UPDATE: I haven't been liking my scans lately so I'm trying something different. The pictures on this post have been replaced with scans that I believe look a little better.