Tuesday, April 28, 2009

I "Stole" Her

If I need any type of photo reference, I use Flickr.com as my main source. It is a cournocopia of wonderful photos on subjects from A to Z. Many photos are copyright images and can't even be dragged to your desktop, but many are not. I only use these as reference for art studies and would never reproduce them for commercial use. Any who...here is a watercolor study I just completed for a watercolor portrait workshop I'm offering in May. It is from a striking photo I pulled off of Flickr. Should give a credit to the photographer, but unfortunately, I did not note the name. I often will do these portraits in vibrant colors, but this one is more manageable for my workshop participants, and I like the limited palette. By the way, the highlights in her hair were done with colored conte crayon. I sometimes finish off my watercolors this way.

14 comments:

Rob Carey said...

Great portrait- flickr does have some great photos for resource.

Morgaine said...

Stunning portrait !

Elizabeth Seaver said...

Yep--love the hair and limited palette. This is really well done!

David Lobenberg said...

Danke, Rob. Saw some of your kunst on your blog and like it.

David Lobenberg said...

Thank you, Morgaine. One day I'll be able to paint my acrylic portraits as fast as my watercolor portraits. This one was completed in about 1 1/2hrs. An acrylic takes me about 6 hours and often times, more!

David Lobenberg said...

Thanks, Elizabeth. If I can get the time, I'd like to do another study in jazzy colors.

Arti said...

Beautiful portrait, David..her eyes reflect so much! great study in water color.

Vijay said...

Amazing portrait, I liked the work on eyes.

David Lobenberg said...

Thank you so much, Arti. I have always loved painting eyes.

David Lobenberg said...

Thank you Vijay. I enjoy visiting your blog. Nice watercolor work.

http://www.onpainting.wordpress.com said...

Beautiful painting. I can see why you chose the photo and you did it justice.

David Lobenberg said...

Bill, Yes, the photo was a stunner and said "paint me!".

Jan's Art said...

Hello David, I just discovered your blog - great work!! love this portrait, nice job. I saw your portrait contest and I will see if I can paint myself and send you a painting.

David Lobenberg said...

Thanks, Jan, and please get me your self portrait if you can!