Recovering from the Semester

Hey everyone!

I'm sorry I've kind of fallen off the face of the earth for a little while...the end of the semester was extremely busy and ehxausting and I've been spending all of Christmas break trying to recover from it. I've finally gotten around to photographing all my work from last semester and so I'll be posting alot of it over the next few weeks.

I'm starting off with posting some of the final work that I did for my portrait class with Al Gury. The first one here is a quick self-portrait study that I did as one of the final assingments for that class. My goal was to really work very loosely and quicky with it; I completed it pretty much all in a long one-day session.

The is a portrait that I did of my sister from a photograph. I posted a photo of it in progress earlier in the semester. I was surprised to find that I actually really enjoyed working from a photograph. I found that it gave me the time that I needed which I would not have had working from a live model, and I also liked being able to work alone without the presence of another person there. I didn't find that the photograph flattened things too much, and it actually created some really interesting color distortions which I wouldn't have observed in real life. I'm definitely planning on doing some more portrait work with photo references in the future.

This is one of my portrait from in class. Towards the end of the semester we had a six week pose where we were able to do larger "formal" portraits. I wasn't taking the uninstructed for that class, so I didn't have as much time as I would've liked, but I'm still relatively pleased with how it turned out.

I've lots more to post still, so stay tuned!