I once had a prof who said you should do a self portrait once a year, so that over the years you could see the changes in both your artistic style and your perception of yourself. So, here’s my 2012.
This was my first Painter 12 experiment. I sketched with graphite on paper first, then scanned it in and used the Oil Brushes in Painter 12. I like it a lot better than Painter 11. Not sure why I held off on buying it for so long. In fact, last night D was using the Cintiq so I had to use Painter 11 on the tm2 for another painting and going back to 11 was difficult.
Conclusions? Hair is hard. Especially mine, which changes at least in color every 5 weeks. I definitely need practice on hair. Skin tones? Finally getting a bit better. Style? Starting to find a space I like with the combination of sketch and oils. Still need to learn more about the brushes in Painter 12. Real media still feels far more intuitive. And me? It’s been a hard year, but I’ve still got the tiniest bit of a smile. Bit of a tough girl. Maybe next year I’ll be softer.