Acrylic portrait practice Trying to do a painting of my daughter. it has all the elements of her – short hair, slightly arched eyebrows, brown eyes – yet it’s not her. Capturing likeness eludes me. Share this:FacebookPinterestEmailLike this:Like Loading... Related 18 thoughts on “Acrylic portrait practice” Add yours I like the look of her. A thoughtful person, she appears in your portrait, and I love the simplicity of some elements (the ear) and the complexity of others (the eyes). LikeLiked by 3 people Reply Thank you, Claudia! I did end up going over the eyes a few times which probably added to the level of detail. I stopped when I had an expression that I recognized – settled for that in place of likeness. LikeLiked by 1 person Reply I love this, my portraits look like stick figures. Great job and keep up the practice. LikeLiked by 1 person Reply Thanks so much for the encouragement :-)! LikeLiked by 1 person Reply 🙂 LikeLiked by 1 person It’s a lovely portrait, it has a very sensitive feel. I am currently struggling with the same problems as I try out painting in oils…hey ho! 😁 LikeLiked by 2 people Reply Thank you! Yes, I’ve always thought painting in oil would be challenging. One day I’d like to try it. (I have a load of acrylics to get through first.) Look forward to seeing your explorations! LikeLiked by 1 person Reply Haha, yes, a steep learning curve for me…a very different deal to acrylics in some ways – a post sharing my experience should be along sometime this weekend, all being well. 😁 LikeLiked by 1 person This is beautiful. I recently drew a face and it ended up looking like my son, but it was a pure fluke. Usually, my portraits have elements of the person in them – like a caricature, but a really rubbish one. 😐 LikeLiked by 1 person Reply Thank you! I love it when a face appears that I recognize, but that rarely happens to me too! LikeLike Reply It looks absolutely marvellous! Understated, slight purse to the lips, strong background, has your style all over it. LikeLiked by 3 people Reply Thanks, OA! I’ve been asked to try again by the sitter – we’ll see what comes out next (I think I’ll try to be a little more abstract…) LikeLiked by 1 person Reply I can’t tell the likeness, but I can definitely tell there is a unique person, attentive to the moment. LikeLiked by 2 people Reply Thanks so much! LikeLiked by 1 person Reply Naturally I can’t speak to the likeness, but this is really a great piece. It looks like there is a lot of subtle texture and depth, particularly around the eyes. As someone said above, there’s an impression of thoughtfulness that jumps out. LikeLiked by 1 person Reply Thank you! I never thought I’d end up painting portraits, but it’s quite engaging – it feels like having a visit with someone (even when just working from a photo) LikeLiked by 1 person Reply I’ll definitely keep an eye out for the next portrait. Are you planning any different approaches to it, or just diving in and seeing what happens? LikeLiked by 1 person Just dive in, I think 🙂 LikeLike Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here... Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Email (required) (Address never made public) Name (required) Website You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. ( Log Out / Change ) You are commenting using your Google account. ( Log Out / Change ) You are commenting using your Twitter account. ( Log Out / Change ) You are commenting using your Facebook account. ( Log Out / Change ) Cancel Connecting to %s Notify me of new comments via email. Notify me of new posts via email. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.