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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About Leilanie Stewart

Leilanie Stewart is an author and poet from Belfast, Northern Ireland. Her writing centres around protagonists who are on a journey of self-discovery and who explore their identity by overcoming adversity. She began writing for publication while working as an English teacher in Japan, a career pathway that has influenced themes in her writing. Her former career as an Archaeologist has also inspired her writing and she has incorporated elements of archaeology and mythology into both her fiction and poetry. In addition to promoting her own work, Leilanie runs Bindweed Magazine, a creative writing ezine, with her writer husband, Joseph Robert. Aside from literary pursuits, Leilanie enjoys spending time with her husband and their lively literary tot, a voracious reader of construction vehicle books. CONNECT WITH ME ON SOCIAL MEDIA:

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