Monday 2 July 2012

One minute portraits

I did an afternoon stint  of one minute portrait sessions at Brookburn Primary School Fair last month, which was great fun. I did about 40 portraits in ink and wash, and the children (and adults, too)were fascinated watching. There is something magical about the creation of a quick portrait and then adding the water at the end to give a wash and 3D effect. I was amazed how well the children managed to stay still and concentrate, and I think talking through the stages with them helped - so they knew when they could relax parts of their face! Most of the portraits came out with a lively good likeness, despite the short time. I often think the longer you spend on a portrait, the more lifeless it becomes. Why is that?

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