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.

Leilanie Stewart: self-portrait in acrylic and ink

Leilanie Stewart: self-portrait in acrylic and ink

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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Leilanie Stewart

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About Leilanie Stewart

Leilanie Stewart is a novelist and poet. Her debut novel, Gods of Avalon Road was published by Blossom Spring Publishing in October 2019. Leilanie has also published four poetry collections: Chemotherapy for the Soul (Fowlpox Press, 2017); A Model Archaeologist (Eyewear Publishing, 2015); Toebirds and Woodlice (Meandi Books, 2012); Metamorphosis of Woman (Meandi Books, 2012), satirical novella Zombie Reflux (Meandi Books, 2014) and surreal novelette, Til Death do us Boneapart (Dark Gothic Resurrected Magazine, 2017). Leilanie is also Editor in Chief of Bindweed Magazine, a poetry and fiction online magazine that also publishes a quarterly print anthology. She currently lives in Belfast with her writer and poet husband, Joseph Robert and their rambunctious toddler, a voracious reader of dinosaur board books. Literary blog: Meandi Books: Bindweed Magazine:

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