Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Portrait of a Kinder Gentler Lady


Here is a revision on the drawing that I posted on Friday, the client felt I could have been a little kinder to the subject so here it is. I'll submit it and see what happens.

10 comments:

Nicole said...

Definitely a big difference on the 1st sketch, she looks much younger here, the name definitely suits the sketch! I like this one better.

Love Nicole xxx

Ana Tirolese said...

Not knowing what the woman looks like in real life, it is difficult to comment. She looks younger, kinder, and gentler in the revised version. However, I suspect that you were truer to the actual photo in the first one. However, the client is always right.

Stephen Hall said...

Hi Stephen, I came here earlier, was going to comment but kept my thoughts to myself ... I have to say I think your original sketch has more definition but the subject has wonderful features and your second sketch brings out a more youthful element, more suited to a publication. There - diplomacy restored!

Sheila said...

I'm so glad even great artists have "re-do's". This is a "kinder, gentler" view through Vaseline covered lenses on a dark over cast day with one eye squinting.

Lisa Reed said...

Looks like you documented and Extreme Makeover-complete with face lift and veneers on her teeth! I suspect this lovely lady looks like the first picture NOW and the second one is what she looked like more than 20 years ago.
Both are lovely!
Lisa

wagonized said...

I liked the first one a lot -- but people have a hard time seeing themselves exactly as they are. This is still a great portrait.

Sandy said...

Oh yeah, this one is softer. I like it.

Stephen Gardner said...

This one was passed as far as I know. I was just given one photo and no instructions beyond "pencil drawing"
The first version certainly was harsh but I went for all the details, taking them out again was no problem but I made the eyes a touch larger and changed the shape of the mouth a little, I though I might have overdone it in terms of "youthing" the image but apparently not.

SJ said...

I like the first one very much - the face has liveliness and is real. I also don't think she looks any less kind - but hey ho, the client is always right...

Cubist Comix said...

Stephen, my God, I've been in this situation more times than I care to count. People want their portraits drawn but they don't really want to look like themselves! They want to look 20 years younger and x amount of pounds lighter. Why is that? Personally, I like the first version better, it's most likely an honest representation and has nice character to it.