The portrait is located in your memory, on a print sheet, on a photo, or a live model. The surface foundation may be on a sheet of paper, a canvas, fabric, wood, plastic, glass, metal, and any other surface of your choosing. The final drawing may be temporary or permanent depending on its purpose.
Sketching is another word which may be used for drawing, however, there is a difference. A sketch is outlining the general appearance of the intended subject. Drawing is placing emphasis on the details of the face and is a more precise replica of the subject. Sketching is generally all that is needed to prepare the surface as it is a guideline for painting.
It is the opinion of this writer that a detailed drawing is a completed portrait and is finished art. The experience of this hobbyist has been to erase details of the drawing because the pencil markings tend to peak through the acrylics. It may take many layers of paint to cover the unwanted pencil details.
There are free online classes, drawing books may be borrowed from a local library, or purchase a book. Art classes are available at local art schools, colleges, and community art centers. These outlets are available for both hobbyist and professional artists. As a hobby being self-taught will usually be fine, but to become an accomplished drawing artist it is best to attend formal schooling. Portrait painting is considered a fine art and to establish credentials or acquire careers a degree from an institution of higher education is essential.
Tricia Deed enjoys writing about many different hobbies and recreational and leisure activities. She has several hobbies which she participates in as a hobbyist. One of these many activities in acrylic painting of abstract or fantasy portraits. She is an amateur hobbyist of acrylic portraits. What is the difference between being a professional and an amateur? Tricia Deed defines the difference in this manner. A professional is a full time artist who is selling their art as a career. The amateur paints for self-pleasure and relaxation, and has no interest in selling their artwork.
Tricia Deed is sharing her experiences and lessons learned as a hobbyist of acrylic portrait painting.
Fantasy Portraits Painted with Acrylics
These examples are original portraits drawn and painted by Tricia Deed. To get started you will need to draw sketches of a portrait which you would like to paint. Inspirations for faces may come from any printed material such as magazines or books or a photograph.
Fantasy or abstract drawings is a method of painting which will make the original face unrecognizable. After completing your creative masterpiece no one will recognize whose face was used.
Changing facial identity with distortion or objects will change the appearance of the portrait. Where do you get the ideas for changing? Often times the suggestions are in the portrait itself. For instance the person's nose may remind you of a clown and so you complete the portrait to highlight the vision of a clown. The shape of the face, the head, or the neck and shoulders may direct your imagination to enhance the fantasy with flowers, animals, abstract objects, colors, jewelry, and other accessories and props.
The paintings below portray portraits of women who have been altered with ideas of fantasy or distortions to create a new look or different appearance.
Painting of a portrait fantasizing a gypsy appearance. The props were also used to cover the artist's weaknesses.
This particular portrait has been changed by eliminating her hair and adding a turban of colors. Large earrings adorn the side of her head because truthfully I am weak at drawing ears, but it gives her a gypsy appearance.
Her face is oblong and the stem of flowers flowing through the center of her face calms her eyes. Without the flowers she appears to be staring at you and it can be uncomfortable.
The flowers help to soften her appearance and she appears to be friendlier as she is not smiling.
This next painting had me changing her hair to feathers. This is a great way to learn how to feather the paint. The Acrylics are very manageable and easy to create the feathery appearance which I needed to create for her hairdo. The feathers doubled up their use as hair and as an adornment.
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