The Baby and The Toddler

This piece refused to photograph well. It was wrapped and ready to be given as a gift, and after seeing the photograph I had taken of it I furiously unwrapped it to fix it. Once unwrapped the piece looked fine, and just needed to be re-photographed. The second try wasn’t much better, but I’m posting it anyway since I love the piece itself. I think the camera is as depressed as I am about the lack of sunshine.

Baby A

I’m not completely sure how I feel about this one. Baby A had a weird expression to start with, so I’m not sure if this was such a great picture to work with. I’m also thinking there is just something funny about a baby sitting up..since he can’t. I’ve noticed that in general with the kids, anything posed looks, well, posed. So lesson learned. Work from pictures that capture them doing what they do naturally.

Or no pictures at all. I wish they would hold still for more than thirty seconds at at time. This less than successful drawing really makes me miss the models in figure drawing class.

joie de vivre

The very astute feedback I got from the first two sample portraits (here and here) for the custom portrait being auctioned off was that they were to serious. A parent bidding on a portrait might want to see that I could create something more joyful, something that captures the delight and exuberance that children have. So I tried something:

Again, so much harder to draw my own child. Those cheeks-I wanted them chubbier, more baby and less little girl. But she’s joyful in a different way as a little girl than she was as a baby, and I’m glad someone pushed me to capture that.