Here is another portrait from the "Portraits from Photos" class I mentioned in the last post. This is a portrait of my 15-year-old daughter. In designing the composition, I wanted to convey her guarded personality, so I posed her looking away with arms cross in front. I thought the pose added stability to the image, produced some nice negative space, and kept the viewer's eyes in the picture plane. Instead of powdered charcoal, I used powdered graphite, which seemed to work just as well. This portrait took about 20 hours to complete.
I plan to do a portrait of her once a year. Hopefully she'll enjoy having the set in later years, and it will be a satisfying way for me to chronicle my progress as an artist.
Amanda 2008, graphite on bristol board, 11 x 10