28 February 2011

I'm having a bad day

This was painted with the small portrait group I belong to, and with the portrait challenge on paintingfriends. My aim with this reference was to try to capture the mood more than anything else. I was going for sulky, but I think I just ended up with sad, or possibly evil. It looks even scarier in real life...

There are, um, fairly major issues with the features (the mouth is especially wonky and the eyes aren't great either). Sometimes these portraits just plain get away from you, and I got fed up of fiddling to try to get it right. I think I'll call this one:

'I'm having a bad day'

Reference photo was from Grunge on WetCanvas. Twas an interesting exercise but I don't think I'll be hanging this one on the wall :-)

Acrylic, 11 by 15"


  1. I'd almost be inclined to call him "Stop" because he looks for all the world to me like one of the children you see on the NSPCC cruelty ads. I don't mean that to sound mean, but just that you have caught that pained expression so well. Its a haunting portrait, Sharon .

  2. You know, that's interesting Pat cos that's what I was thinking too, as the painting was progressing. Well, I wanted to avoid cute, so I think I succeeded there.


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