Portrait Challenge 8/10

This manly man is definitely an improvement over yesterday’s post. Even if he is wearing a sweater. Actually, I’m not entirely opposed to guys wearing sweaters, but I know a lot of people who just don’t like it. I wonder why.  But then again, if I saw a guy wearing a sweater that looked like this, then I’d likely feel the same way.

Today’s portrait happened in a funny way.

I started drawing a redheaded lady (think forty-ish), and then it ended up looking like Bruce/Caitlyn Jenner. Eeyikes! Not the look I was going for.

And then I tried a sweet freckle-faced young woman, and that turned out like crap too.

So I did the unthinkable…I drew a man.

You guys knew how I was complaining about how they’re so hard to draw. And they are. But they’re also fun and (sometime) handsome and challenging.

And that is the whole point of this challenge…to expand my creative horizons and try something new.

And even in drawing this guy (what would his name be? Any suggestions?) I learned that it is awesome to start with a simple ball point pen. Yes, you can make mistakes and struggle a bit, but it is all a part of learning.

I just need to push myself!

P.S. What do you think about seeing the illustration before/after paint is applied?

 

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  1. This man is named Alexander, I think, but I have no idea why. It is the name that popped into my head when I first saw it. I don’t know the aversion of people not liking guys in sweaters. Maybe it makes them look too clean cut, but that’s my preference anyhow. It’s interesting how his appearance changes so much when painted – very tall, dark, and handsome 🙂