Monday, January 12, 2009

Inspired by Etsy - Pastel Portrait - The Lime Scarf

I love snooping around Etsy and looking for inspiration...this is an absolutly stunning photgraph of a lime scarf created by sanchia845.etsy.com. (click on the photo to see her shop!)



She was generous enough to allow me to use this photo for this pastel drawing. I loved the combination of the model's deep brown hair, her light skin and the lime green of the scarf.



And I do LOVE color...so this was a chance to have some fun with a lot of great undertones in the skin - the reflective colors under the model's chin and on her neck were a variety of lime green and deep fuscia - such a pretty combination!

It's clear that I did not to justice to the gorgeous model...let's face it, she doesn't need any improvement! So why work from such a flawless picture? What could I possibly do that would make my drawing more engaging than the picture?


My goal is, as always, to make something that you want to look at again and again. To create a piece that has a bit of mystery, possibly some secret layers of color, something that will bring the viewer back again and again - noticing new moments of lime green next to the corner of her eye, finding a hot pink high-light in the hair, perhaps noticing for the first time the purple in her shirt.



Thanks again to sanchia...I hope you are inspired by Etsy today :)

Past portraits inspired by Etsy sellers...

http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=18267727

http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=17773197

7 comments:

Valerie said...

Your work is wonderful! Great idea using work from artist you find on Etsy, a great way to show off their work and yours.

MooreMagnets said...

Wow, just wow! What a great painting!

kim* said...

very awesome!

krystyna81 said...

thanks everyone! i hope you enjoy looking around Etsy as much as I do!

daisycakessoap said...

Absolutely beautiful!!

Art By MAR said...

Absolutely stunning painting. Love the colors you used. You have great talent.

CLKcreative said...

Such a wonderful talent. I admire your ability to draw portraits!