Portraits After Dark: 4th July 2014

It was a beautiful evening gathering so many new faces and old pals to do portraits together. I wasn’t really in a mood to participate even with so much anticipation. Most likely due to the earlier setback in urban sketching was demoralising after I stopped for a week and a half. Nevertheless, the enthusiastic artists around me were simply inspiring.

I was seated at the front row facing the posers directly most of the time. The full frontal perspective left little room for distinguishing facial features. Moreover, at the seated position which was low, the posers’ chin and nostrils were flaring at me furiously. See for yourself.

The Jelly fish on the background was impromptu.
The Jelly fish on the background was impromptu.
A splashy background to bring out the normal looking subject.
A splashy background to bring out the normal looking subject.

There were a few exceptional ones which seemed fine though.

The notorious toddler and father was the start of the evening. Most of the time, the toddler wasn't facing me. An instant memorising helped me to complete this with constant checks on his features.
The notorious toddler and father was the start of the evening. Most of the time, the toddler wasn’t facing me. An instant memorising helped me to complete this with constant checks on his features.
I did this fairly quick so that I have time for the cat which was posing on the other side. But it still took me a good 15 minutes. Unimpressed.
I did this fairly quick so that I have time for the cat which was posing on the other side. But it still took me a good 15 minutes.

Instead of whining, I managed to sketch a few posers on the other end for a better angle.

The only brush pen outline and simple wash sketch of the night. Done in 6 minutes.
The only brush pen outline and simple wash sketch of the night. Done in 6 minutes.
I toned down my usual colourful background to bring out the focus of the subject which is the normal thingy. Unimpressed.
I toned down my usual colourful background to bring out the focus of the subject.

My speed of the night was the only consolation. Perhaps, it was the desperation of unable to express myself freely and the contortion of the angle available. I was pretty fast on my strokes and colouring. Check out this furry subject:

The star of the night. 6 minutes of water colouring on this subject. Quite a feat. It's a good start for quick watercoloring sketches.
The star of the night. 6 minutes of water colouring on this subject. Quite a feat. It’s a good start for quick watercoloring sketches.

However, I selected these three which I am marginally satisfied as the best of the lot:

The Best 3 of the night.
The Best 3 of the night.

 

 

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