Monday, 15 October 2018

Pablo Picasso Portrait inspired Journal Page

This week's prompt over on Nina Ribena's Art Journal Prompts and More is Inspired by Portraits.  The artists to choose from include Pablo Picasso and Frida Kahlo.  As I have previously created a page inspired by Frida Kahlo (see HERE) and I am not the most confident portrait drawer, I went with Pablo Picasso, using an image from Nina's YouTube video as my starting point.

I started by lightly sketching out a copy of the original image in pencil on a piece of mixed media card (18.5cm x 19.5cm).
I then went over the outline using the black Neocolor II water soluble wax crayon.
To add colour, I used a mixture of Neocolor II water soluble wax crayons blended out with a water brush and my Van Gogh water colours from Royal Talens.
Sometimes I added the Neocolor II colours directly onto the page and sometimes I picked up the colour from the end of the crayon using my water brush and used my glass mat as a palette.
White highlights were added in the hair using a white Posca pen and the white Neocolor II crayon blended with a wa
ter brush. I also defined the eyes and eyebrows a little more using a black Posca pen.
As I was intending to add the page to my journal,  I stamped out a suitable quote from the Say It How It Is stamp set onto a piece of white card using Onyx Black Versafine ink and heat embossed it with clear EP.  Once each part of the quote had been fussy cut,  I added it down the right hand side to balance out the page.
Once again,  I enjoyed the challenge and felt that I was taken out of my comfort zone.  I am learning to relish it!
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