I am a fairly obsessive person. I am taking several classes on portraits. I love them all because I am learning to use different mediums. Paints from golden to folk art, shiva paint sticks and pan pastels. They each have their postitives and negitives. I have not mastered any of them as of yet to give an adequate pro or con. I am very much enjoying the journey of discovery of different products and how they can be manipulated in mixed media art.
I love to take classes from people. I don't think it is a bad thing to learn from others before you. Through those who have come before me I will be able to find my voice and my niche in this wonderful world of art. They are giving me the building blocks that will enable me to find my own separate path. I do have favorites because their style tends to lean towards my own.
As I have stated before I am in several round robin journal groups. I am finding this a wonderful way for me to practice these new skills I am developing. I have such a long ways to go and wish I could already be at the mile marker instead of the starting gate. I need to remember that everyone had a first step and have been at the "starting gate".
I not only love art but am a Search and Rescue Dog handler and am finding similarities in both of the activities I love. Learning a technique completely before moving on is true in both of these areas. Understand what your objectives are and learn everything you can about that before you move on to the next step. I am trying to keep that in mind with my portrait education. I am not trying to be absolutely realistic, but I want my faces to have a realisim about them.
Below are some faces I have completed. I can tear each and everyone apart but doing that would lessen what I am trying to accomplish.