This is a self portrait that I did in acrylic and ink. First I started by sketching in pencil on the blank jigsaw base. Then I added the flesh tones – I find that acrylic tends to be more luminous than watercolour, so I mixed more yellow and less pink than I otherwise would have. Next I went over the pencil in black ink – some artists don’t like black outlines as they feel this gives a piece more of a cartoonish look, but I like the contrast.
Next I added the darker tones without losing the highlights (in cheeks, eyes etc). Of course, in this piece, I lost the highlights in the hair – I’m not as accomplished an artist as I might have been had I not been so lazy! Anyway voila – finished product in less than an hour.
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