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Portrait on Cotton

Let me start this with an apology to the subject of this portrait. If you are reading this my dear K, know this was a first attempt at a portrait. The instructor wanted us to use a family member and I don’t think I’ve captured your beauty and spirit. Hugs to you from me, when I improve I’ll do another one for you if you’d like.

Now, to the subject at hand. Today in drawing class I was given permission to work the remainder of the class assignments I have due on fabric with colored pencil! YEAH!!!!!! One of the reasons I took this class was to be able to translate what’s in my head to fabric. And to do that I really needed to work on fabric. This is Kona Cotton adhered to freezer paper and then done with Prismacolor pencils. It’s not finished yet, somehow I’ve managed to flatten her gorgeous curled hair. And the earrings, well they were metallic gorgeous shiny and I have absolutely NO idea how to capture that effect, so there is more to be done.

Yet, for a first attempt at a full portrait, in a medium I’ve not used to this extent before, I’m pleasantly surprised. Well, except when I put it beside the photo I used as reference…….sigh……

Once this is finished, it will be heat set. Then most likely adhered to a fusible stiffener (Pellon P2 is what I’m currently using), matted and framed. And from there I don’t know what will happen to it.

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