View Full Version : Another famous face... WIP

07-07-2015, 03:05 AM
I enjoyed working on my first portrait, and learnt so much that it only made sense to start a new one where I could apply what I learnt to a clean piece of paper ... so running with the 90's rock icon theme (child of the 90's here!) I decided to give this famous guy a go ...

This face is a little less familiar to me, but certainly not some one I wouldn't instantly recognise and I know his body of work reasonably well ...

Here is todays work, only around 4 1/2 hours into it so far ... 60 cm x 50 cm Cansen card and Pastel pencils.




C & C welcome

water girl
07-07-2015, 06:17 PM
Great start! I know you will stump me with this one.

07-08-2015, 01:36 AM
Did you guess the other one I did Karen? because if you guessed him you would certainly know this 90's grunge rocker :) (either that or I did a shocking job of representing him :lol: )
Unlike my first portrait (who keeps aging and changing) this one is unfortunately now timeless...




water girl
07-08-2015, 01:40 AM
Kurt Cobain! Fantastic job! Actually, your hint brought him to mind.

07-08-2015, 02:01 AM
Well done! ... and thank you ... any hints/tips on what I can do better? I have my next one planned already so any more advice before I start would be great

Charles Perera
07-13-2015, 12:50 PM
A very lovely painting


07-13-2015, 05:59 PM
I got him right away! How did you find a photo where he had (sorta) actually combed his hair?!?!? hahaha

Things to note:
1. Right eye (his left) is bigger than other.
2. Same eye appears "dead" - needs some life
3. Try to get more values in the face to make the sides turn away from the viewer. Where is your light source?
4. Look at angle of bottom of nose compared to angle of mouth. I don't think they are that far off. We unconsciously shift them - gotta watch out for that!
5. Maybe blend the edges of your color changes a little unless this is your style.
6. Look forward to seeing your next one!

07-13-2015, 06:23 PM
Yay Melinda! LOL .... and it was from unplugged .... so maybe he combed it just for his peeps! ;)

Thank you for the advice ... I have learnt so much doing these portraits ... Its a great process and its helping me with my pet portraits surprisingly ... I am starting another famous face later in the week and looking forward to it ... will use the added info you have given me here ... Thank you! and thank you Charles