One way to get my daughter to pose is just sitting accidentally opposite her when she is drawing or painting.
I wanted to paint a watercolour focusing in improving my use of contrast and reds for flesh tones. First I sketched in cadmium yellow to get the proportions. A flat brush is used for background and hair then adding strokes with a round brush in her hair.
After struggling a while with oil I felt like doing very free watercolours and do almost abstract portraits. It is easier to dare with watercolours.
My best work in 2014 so far :).
A very loose watercolour and ink painting with some lined details from a photo of Cyd Charisse.
Here’s some progress shots. Sorry for the poor quality, but they were taken for my Instagram account after sunset.