A Portrait of Melina

There's something very striking about that sort of pose, side profile, chin up, soft light hitting the front of the face. That's what had me want to paint from Julia Noni's photography. This one in particular is of model, Melina Gusto. Again like my last portrait, I kept it close to the original, with no major changes of my own, only very subtly in the details but that's it really. This colour palette isn't what I'd normally work with but having done so has now introduced me to new ideas. Doing frequent studies like this helps with general practice and definitely introduces you to new challenges. 

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A Portrait Of Emmie

This is probably one of my favourites that i've done as of date - A portrait of Emmie (@emblu). Took around 20 hours all together, spanning over 3 days. I'm trying to push out a lot more work at the moment, seeing if I can get myself to draw every day, not necessarily aiming to finish something daily but to just get into a better habit of pushing myself to create all the time. I know i'm capable, and i'd say so far so good. My eyes are killing me now though, extremely strained, bloodshot and in need of a good rest. Tomorrow will be a chill day.

A Portrait Of Tristan (Progress)

Marking the second in my hyperrealism series, this one is around 1/5 complete. This progress shot isn't as it looks now, and it'll probably be the last update in a good while. I'm already getting ahead of myself and have planned a couple more portraits to get done after this one (which I hope will be done before the end of this year). I've taken a while with this one due to work i've been doing in-between this project, but it's all flowing! 

A Portrait Of Olya

This has been the toughest portrait i've done so far. It took roughly 5 months to complete, a lot of frustration with some detailed areas and a a lot of patience was needed not to rush it. It's hard to figure how far you want to go in terms of how realistic you want it to appear. You can really lose your mind trying to put as much detail as possible and not knowing when to stop. The part that took the longest has probably got to be the lower half of the face like the lips. Not quite as long as Da Vinci took to completely Mona Lisa's lips, but yeah... It was a genuine mental challenge of patience for me, and since this is my first hyperrealistic attempt, I didn't really have an idea of timescale for such a project. 

All that aside, I couldn't be happier with how it came out. My proudest artistic moment. Now to begin my second in the series. Come visit again in 5 months or so haha.