I dramatically changed the setting of this portrait from a graffiti-covered wall (photo at bottom) to a library. There was something about her expression and clothing that made me think judgmental librarian, not the hip artist she appears to be in her photo feed on Sktchy. (Not that librarians can’t be hip artists! I was thinking of the mean school librarian who was always shushing us and glaring if we giggled.)
This was the last lesson in Mike Creighton’s Sktchy class on gouache portrait painting and color mixing. This lesson was about the Zorn palette: white, yellow ochre, cadmium red light and black. I’m really enjoying playing with limited palettes and discovering all the varieties of color possible with them.
In my initial sketch below, I hadn’t decided on the background yet.
When I decided to change the background from the wall in the reference photo below, to a library I did a quick internet search and found the photo below, right, which I used as inspiration.
4 replies on “Librarian (?) in Gouache with Zorn Palette”
Hi Jana, Your work is good and great background. The woman appears highly made up, so her coloring does not appear natural.
Blessings always, C-Marie
It might also be the extreme contrast in the photo. But I wasn’t going for natural since I was experimenting with a limited palette, so that’s ok.
I’m glad that you change the background I think it looks a lot better. It was a little too busy in the photo. Love her expression, I think you captured it perfectly
Thank you, Nicole Monique, Watercolor Artist, Children’s Book Illustrator, Natural Science Illustrator https://tinyurl.com/ArtByNicoleMonique