Portrait Painting Studies and Sketches

 

Painting from life is a joy as well as an opportunity to get to know the subject of a portrait painting. It provides valuable information that can be missed by the camera. Color, personality, habits and quirks are noticed while sketching. Poses become a bit more natural when held for a little while during a sketch session. The color sketches above are portrait or figure studies from life. I use oil paint when I can and use pastel when sketching children to save time. The collection above includes sketched color studies from life that were used, along with photographs, as reference material for commission paintings. At times a pencil drawing of the head or hands is useful. Charcoal studies of parts or the entire portrait painting are are another useful type of study. I paint professional models from life for my own education and enjoyment. I also included a series of self-portrait studies. I rarely see a photograph of myself that I like so all of the self-portraits were created with the use of a mirror. Most of the studies were painted solely from life, without the use of photography, and in one session.

Pretty Parker
Pretty Parker

Drawing of a baby girl. Charcoal on paper 12 by 11 inches

Charcoal Portrait of a Women
Charcoal Portrait of a Women

Portrait sketch study from life. Charcoal,chalk and black watercolor

Toddler boy sketch
Toddler boy sketch

Pencil portrait study of a 2 year old boy. Pencil on paper 9 inches by 12 inches

Portrait Of Woman In Hat
Portrait Of Woman In Hat

5 hour Life Study of a woman with a hat Oil Painting 12 inches by 16 inches

Portrait Painting Life Study Profile
Portrait Painting Life Study Profile

3 hour oil portrait study Oil Painting 11 inches by 14 inches

Figure Painting Stretching Ballerina
Figure Painting Stretching Ballerina

Painting of ballerina is bending Pastel painting 9 inches by 11 inches

Painting Study Of  A Women
Painting Study Of A Women

3 hour painting study of middle aged women with a white shirt Oil Painting 9 inches by 12 inches

Portrait Of A Model
Portrait Of A Model

Three hour portrait study of a model Oil Painting 16 inches by 20 inches

Pencil Drawing Of Child Cole
Pencil Drawing Of Child Cole

Pencil study of the head for the painting of the child Cole Pencil drawing 8 inches by 10 inches

pencil portrait study of women
pencil portrait study of women

Pencil study of the head for the portrait Portrait of Brooke as a Young Woman Pencil drawing 8 inches by 10 inches

Self Portrait Drawing Turned Head
Self Portrait Drawing Turned Head

Three hour charcoal self portrait Charcoal on paper 12 inches by 16 inches

Self Portrait Charcoal Front View
Self Portrait Charcoal Front View

Two hour self portrait Charcoal and chalk 12 inches by 16 inches

Self Portrait as Kathe Kollwitz
Self Portrait as Kathe Kollwitz

Two hour charcoal self portrait inspired by the self portraits of Kathe Kollwitz Charcoal 20 inches by 24 inches

Self Portrait Oil Painting
Self Portrait Oil Painting

Self Portrait study in oil Oil Painting 16 inches by 20 inches

Self Portrait Study Conte
Self Portrait Study Conte

40 minute self portrait Conte Crayon and Charcoal 12 inches by 16 inches

Charcoal Self Portrait
Charcoal Self Portrait

1 hour self portrait study Charcoal 16 inches by 20 inches

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