My portrait ended in utter disaster and epic failure. After twelve hours of optimistic toil, she kept getting further and further away from what I wanted her to be, until in a fit of frustration and dissatisfaction, I defaced her entirely in one last effort to "fix" her. She wasn’t great, but now she is definitely ruined.
|A Portrait Gone Wrong. Click for a closer look at miserable failure.|
In an effort to shade her more subtly, I made her too purple and dark. In an effort to fix one eye, I ruined both. And, thinking this a good opportunity to fix the grayness of her skin, I mixed some earthier shades of beige and slathered it all over her pretty face. Maybe it's still salvageable, but I think I'd rather start over.
Finding my own style of human character paintings has been rather difficult so far. I want cute and soft, but expressive and rich. I want characters that can pose peacefully, play with bunnies, rule imaginary kingdoms, escape from the lairs of dragons, read books quietly in an old library, and ride swans across enchanted lakes. Beautiful, versatile, and consistent. I have a long way to go and I'm likely to ruin a lot of paintings along the way. But, I'd rather fail epically occasionally than to have never tried.