A portrait party? You mean a figure drawing studio class? Or a party where you get your picture taken or sketched?
Well, none of the above, but all of the above. Our second Portrait Party held at the Sebastopol Center for the Arts last week attracted many new curious souls, some of whom wanted to observe, or in fact to pose and be sketched (without themselves sketching). But what we were doing was sitting in groups of six sketchers and taking turns sketching each other (one person posing at a time). No teacher, but lots of sharing of ideas, techniques, and materials. We were fortunate to also have some accomplished artist/teachers among the crowd of enthusiasts.
We started out with one-minute sketches.
. . .and went up to five and seven minutes so I got out the watercolor and Inktense pencils. And rescued some hats I’d brought. (A little dog had curled up on them to take a nap, bored as I’m sure he/she was to be in a group of humans where no one was paying him any attention.) We had fun posing with hats. They really help to add some (additional) character to us characters.
No names here, because really. . .it’s not about likeness. I have destroyed many a lovely person’s visage with my paint and pencils.
Can you tell that this was my favorite of the evening?
A hoody for a change.
A last minute dark wash pencil at the end, heavy handed, but oozing enthusiasm. . .
And we’ll be holding more of these portrait parties at the Seb. Arts Center, so I hope you’ll be able to come next time. Stay tuned for the dates!