Sunday, August 22, 2010

I've wanted to show you how my portraits progress from beginning to end.

First of all, people send me pictures of who and what they want to see in the final portrait. Here are Robin and Zered from my latest project:

robin and zered4

Usually I get tons and tons of pictures of each person in different positions and in different environments which helps me get a really good idea of what they look like.

In an email, Robin told me what sorts of things she and Zered like to do together. They enjoy cooking, their adorable pet cat, Berlioz, and are obsessed with beer.

robin sketch

After Robin told me she thought the sketch looked good, I went ahead and started working on filling in the water color. (I meant to scan the image at this point, but I totally forgot!)

After the watercolor is done I go back over everything with mechanical pencil.

robin final web

Tada!
Life is getting back to normal bit by bit. I've been seeing lots of friends, and creating good memories. Baby is getting closer to arriving, and has apparently already found the correct position for her arrival ... 7 more weeks until I hit 40 weeks. I feel like I'm preparing myself for the possibility of only 4 more weeks, since I was 3 weeks early. Anything could happen, I guess.

I started my day with a bagel and hypnobirth practice (it's sort of like meditating, and leaves me feeling really peaceful and ready for the day). Then I went up to my studio to start working, and realized the folding chair I sit on while I draw was still in my car from the show I did yesterday. So I went outside to get it, and noticed that it was a BEAUTIFUL morning. Warm, but lovely in the shade, and with a nice breeze going. I decided before I could do anything, I needed to take a walk. And bring home a cup of coffee. I've been sort of addicted to coffee from Lazy Daze lately. It's just so good! So I don't know if it was the hypno-practice, or the walk, or the fresh air, but I'm in a fantastic mood, and ready to get lots of work done!

Here I am, 32 weeks, housing the one who gets hiccups every single day.

32 weeks

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

holly final web

My most recent family portrait I've done. I think it turned out pretty well. As I do more and more of these, I'm finding it easier to be more accurate with likeness, which is a plus when you are doing portraits of people.

holly detail

I have not been very updatey, I just realized. Things have been sort of ultra crazy around here. Some huge family issues are being worked out that have left me exhausted and unable to do anything besides basic day-to-day functioning. Things are looking up this week, though, and with looming deadlines, I'm finding it a bit easier to start working again. So, never fear, customers who are waiting on drawings! They are still sitting on my table; they will be finished soon.

Oh and in case you were wondering what my pregnant self looks like, here is a sample of me at 30 weeks:

30 weeks

Still growing! I feel I've reached the final countdown ... only 9 more weeks?? With the potential for only 7 more weeks?? Although my midwife claims I'll "go long" since baby is apparently a petite one. She thinks she'll want to stay in to cook a bit longer. Guess we'll see what happens!