A PORTRAIT OF A WOMAN WITH LONG DARK HAIR (WATERCOLOUR PENCILS)

 First of all, thank you all for your kind messages on my last post. In this post, I will share a new watercolour portrait sketch with you. I didn't use a reference for this one, I just sketched it from my head. The idea was to practice 3/4 side portrait. I feel like I need all the portrait practice I can get. I remind myself that quick portrait practice still counts.  I'm still not very focused on portrait making, but I do like doing these quick portrait sketches. I know I will need to invest a lot more time and effort if I want my portraits painting to start looking as good as my landscape paintings, but I feel these quick sketches help me stay in shape until I set aside enough time to get better at portrait art. Right now, I still don't have a definite style when it comes to portraits. Anyhow, this one was actually supposed to remain just a quick sketch, but at one point I just decided to finish it. So, I added more detail and basically turned it into a quick portrait.

 What more can I say about it? It depicts a woman with dark eyes and a long dark hair wearing a blue dress. The medium is watercolour pencils on mixed medium paper (A4 format). Both the watercolour pencils and the mixed media sketchbook are from Staedtler (not sponsored in any way, just what I'm using at the moment). I often use watercolour pencils when I want to work quickly. I like how this lady turned out, but I'm not sure will I frame it or will she end up in my blue folder. I create so much art, it's impossible to hang it on walls.  So, typically I only hand my landscapes. Someday, maybe I'll get good enough at portraits to be tempted to replace my landscape paintings with them. You never know. A fun thing about owing art is that you can always switch it up and change the placement of your art pieces. You know what they say, home is where your books and paintings are. Sometimes I like to keep the same paintings on my wall for years and sometimes I feel like changing them up a bit. 

HR Prije svega, hvala svima na divnim porukama na mojoj posljednjoj objavi. U ovoj objavi ću s vama podijeliti novu skicu (brzi portret za koji sam koristila akvarel bojice). Za ovu skicu nisam koristila nikakvu referencu, samo sam je skicirala iz glave. Ideja je bila vježbati 3/4 portret. Osjećam da mi je potrebna sva portretna praksa koju mogu dobiti. Podsjećam sebe da se i brzi rad na portretima još uvijek računa. Još uvijek nisam previše usmjerena na izradu portreta, ali volim raditi ove brze portretne skice. Znam da ću morati uložiti još puno više vremena i truda ako želim da moje slikanje portreta počne izgledati jednako dobro kao moje slike krajolika, ali osjećam da mi ove brze skice pomažu da ostanem u formi dok ne odvojim dovoljno vremena da postanem bolja u portretima. Trenutno još uvijek nemam određeni stil kada su u pitanju portreti. U svakom slučaju, ovaj portret je zapravo trebao ostati samo brza skica, ali u jednom trenutku sam ju jednostavno odlučika završiti. Dakle, dodala sam više detalja i tako to pretvorila u brzi portret.

 Što više reći o ovoj slici? Prikazuje ženu tamnih očiju i duge tamne kose koja nosi plavo ruho. Medij su akvarel olovke na višenamjenskom papiru (A4 format). I akvarelne olovke i papir za razne medije su iz Staedtlera (ni na koji način nisu sponzorirani, samo su eto ono što trenutno koristim). Često koristim akvarel olovke kada želim brzo raditi. Sviđa mi se kako je ova dama ispala, ali nisam siguran hoću li ju uokviriti ili će završiti u mojoj plavoj  fascikli. Stvaram toliko umjetnosti da je nemoguće objesiti sve na zidove. Obično na zidove stavljam samo svoje pejzaže. Jednog dana, možda ću postati dovoljno dobra u portretima da dođem u iskušenje da njima zamijenim svoje pejzaže. Nikad ne znaš. Zabavna stvar vezana uz posjdovanje umjetničkih djela je to što im uvijek možete promijeniti raspored. Znate kako kažu, dom je tamo gdje su vaše knjige i slike. Ponekad volim držati iste slike na zidu godinama, a ponekad ih poželim malo promijeniti.





Anyway, this is the painting I'm sharing today. I added some dried yellow roses when I was taking these photographs. I love to dry flowers and sometimes I use it to add a 3D effect to  illustrations (for example herehere and here). If you enjoy creative photography, it's definitely something to try. Below are a few more portrait collages just in case anyone wants to see a bit more of my old portrait sketches. I don't feel I'm getting any better with portraits, but right now it's all about not getting worse and about keeping up with the practice. The same thing can be said about my fashion illustrations. I'm not focused on them right now, but I want to keep those skills I developed so far. 

HR U svakom slučaju, ovo je slika koju danas dijelim. Dodao sam nekoliko suhih žutih ruža kad sam snimala ove fotografije. Obožavam sušiti cvijeće i ponekad ga koristim za dodavanje 3D efekta ilustracijama (poveznice u engleskom dijelu teksta). Ako uživate u kreativnoj fotografiji, svakako je to nešto što možete isprobati. Ispod je još nekoliko kolaža s portretima koje sam naslikala za slučaj da netko želi vidjeti još mojih starih skica. Ne osjećam da postajem bolja kada su u pitanju  portreti, ali trenutno je naglasak da se ne pogoršavam i da nastavim s praksom. Isto se može reći i za moje modne ilustracije. Trenutno nisam usmjerena na njih, ali želim zadržati one vještine koje sam do sada razvila.



A FEW MORE PORTRAITS I DID USING THESE WATERCOLOUR PENCILS


LINKS WITH POSTS FOCUSING ON WATERCOLOUR PORTRAITS BELLOW




As always, thank you for visiting and reading. Take care. Have a nice day!
 Kao i uvijek, hvala na posjeti i čitanju. Brinite o sebi.  Ugodan dan vam želim!

Comments

  1. I learned how to do faces back in school, but I have never been good at them - so I'm very impressed with your skill, Ivana! Practicing is the least fun part of anything (art included), but it's so necessary so that we don't lose that "muscle". I like seeing your gallery of faces - some of them are very good (you're great at capturing expression around the eyes). I feel like the cheeks areas are your biggest challenge?

    Thank you so much for sharing your art with us!

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    1. I think I need to work on planes. The only thing I feel I can get right are the eyes and the eyebrows- sometimes also lips. Everything else- the cheeks, the forehead, the chin needs much more work. Not to say anything of the ears. Can you tell I covered them up in this one?:)

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  2. I love everything about it. Really like the added dried roses as well!

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    1. Dried roses are such an underrated photography prop.

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  3. Me gusto los primeros dibujos. Te mando un beso

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  4. I think you are capturing more emotion in your work. It's great you are doing this. All the best to your hard work which I hope you are enjoying each moment of. All the best to your beautiful creativity!

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  5. So wonderful! Love the color and how you are challenging yourself. All the best to this art form and of course, your landscapes too!

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  6. Easy to see mediterranean features in your portrait (I mean the woman with the blue shirt above), considering the woman's skin color and dark brown hair and eyes. I also like the portrait of that East Asian woman.

    P.S.: Glad to hear you enjoyed my last post about Naples' unusual cemetery and its old tradition. Many women who live there are still involved in cleaning the skulls, as they continue to believe in things that are not real.
    If you came to Naples I would be honored to show you that fantastic place, where you can see a combination between religion and superstition.

    Have a nice week ahead of you :-)

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    1. Thanks Giorgio. It is true, I often paint Mediterranean features.
      If I ever visit Naples, I'd love to visit the cemetery with you as guide. Thank you.

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  7. It's good you have more time to enjoy your art and get more practice in :) This is a really nice portrait and it looks great finished like this! :)

    Hope that your week is off to a nice start :)

    Away From The Blue

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  8. I loved this portrait, very beautiful and you are very talented! :)

    https://www.heyimwiththeband.com.br/

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  9. Haha I love how you mentioned you're running out of space for art work on your walls Ivana, spoken like a true artist!!

    aglassofice.com x

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  10. It's a lovely portrait and I really like how the dried flower petals add a bit of 3D texture and bring in a a natural element to the piece. Hope your 2022 is off to a marvelous beginning!

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  11. They say practice makes perfect, and I'm admiring your ambition to get better at portrait painting. As I haven't got a talent for painting or drawing, I can only say that this dark-haired lady's portrait is looking very accomplished to me. She's got something mysterious about her. I also love the 3D effect you've created with the dried roses! xxx

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  12. This is really great artwork :-D

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  13. It's just amazing to me that you do this without any photo as a reference Ivana. I just love it.
    XOXO
    Jodie
    www.jtouchofstyle.com

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  14. These are lovely! You have such skill in capturing the eyes, they really do shine! xxx

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  15. Lovely Ivana! I love the way you use colour xXx

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  16. The portrait is wonderful, so beautiful. I like the addition of the yellow flowers too, when you took the photos.

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