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Nate W. in Grey Hoodie

Karl Staub, the teacher who used Nate’s photo for his demo did a very graphic, poster-like rendering. I was tempted to do that too, but decided to just continue with my own style instead…

Nate Washington in a grey hoodie, painted in gouache.
Nate Washington in gouache on paper, 10 x 7.5”

Nate Washington (IG link) is a comedian and podcaster who shared his reference photo for this portrait on Sktchy, here. (Except Sktchy app is now called “Museum”)

Karl Staub (IG link), the teacher who used Nate’s photo for his demo did a very graphic, poster-like rendering (see below). I was tempted to do that too, but decided to just continue with my own style instead.

Nate Washington in a grey hoodie, sketched in pencil.
Nate W. in pencil, 10×7.5

Above is my original sketch for the portrait. I had fun finding the planes on his face and clothes. Below is a screenshot for the 30 Faces/30 Days – Watercolor & Gouache class on Sktchy displaying the teacher’s work.

This was supposed to be a 30 portraits in 30 days class, but I think I’m now on month three instead. That’s because since last December I started working out every morning, doing indoor cycling, rowing and running classes plus daily core classes and alternating days of weights, yoga, Pilates, and Barre and two hikes a week with friends. I paint in the afternoon.

I’m getting stronger and fitter and having fun. But it’s always a challenge to find balance between all the things that make up a good life. I’m very fortunate and grateful for the luxury of the choices I get to make.

3 replies on “Nate W. in Grey Hoodie”

great post. he looks so sad though. hard life? or maybe just serious

On Fri, Sep 24, 2021 at 5:41 PM Jana Bouc, Artist wrote:

> Jana Bouc posted: ” Nate Washington in gouache on paper, 10 x 7.5” Nate > Washington (IG link) is a comedian and podcaster who shared his reference > photo for this portrait on Sktchy, here. (Except Sktchy app is now called > “Museum”) Karl Staub (IG link), the teacher who” >

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Good for you for making your a health a priority. Your portraits keep getting better and better! I love this one of Nate. I admire how you do this. It looks so much harder than blending the paint.

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Thanks Julie. That’s an interesting comment—that it looks harder than just blending the paint. You can blend some in gouache but lately I’ve been attracted to the concept and look of putting down brushstrokes and leaving them. There’s something fun about it to me.

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