Thursday, October 02, 2008

Character study























This is a character study of Effa Manley. I painted it with acrylics. Not sure if it's exactly the direction I want to go, so I'm going to do a few more. I prefer whimsical illustration, slightly cartoony, which wouldn't be right for this book at all. But I don't particularly enjoy realism (portraiture) either. So the trick for me is to strike a balance between what I enjoy painting and what is necessary for the project.

7 comments:

PJ Hoover said...

You're seriously talented!

annette simon said...

yep. what she said.

Roberta said...

I think this style would work well, especially with the time period that that Effa Manley lived.

Dee said...

It's a tricky, tricky path you walk: wants vs. needs. What a lovely lady, though! I think this style is great, and I don't see why it wouldn't work; it's energetic and she looks very elegant...unless the book is straight up nonfiction. I can see how you'd want to be more realistic and less whimsical there.

Good luck with figuring out the style!

indigene said...

I think this is a great compromise for realism and as you stated, "cartoony". This will work! Are you going to grace us with some of the process work, or the finale? Either way, I'll be tuning in! :)

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Audrey said...

(trying mightily to refrain from commenting, but WOW!!!!!!!)

Liz in Ink said...

Wow.
I LOVE this...