A Baby Portrait and a Toddler Portrait

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Here are two sketch-like portraits of a baby and a toddler. 
I am working on an a larger art piece these days, a cityscape. And at the end of the day I was so tired of painting all the windows and walls that I needed to do something totally different. 
The opportunity was sitting in my Photo Reference folder. I wanted to paint these two portraits of a baby an a toddler long time ago. And the time has come. The baby was just a few months old when I took the photo (oh, no no don’t think she is now going to the college, but pretty close ;0)..she is almost one.. but, time flies as we know) and the picture of a toddler came from friend (her daughter on a beach a couple years ago).
Just look to compare how much a few years can change. The baby’s head is not certainly strong on her  shoulders, her body was comfortably leaning to mama’s chest. Her eyes are curious looking at the World. Her fluffy hair are so gentle and light. What a precious age, which will pass by so quick! Now look at the toddler. Her head-turn is well pronounced, her hair-dress is almost sophisticated. And even though her eyes are looking away, I think she already has a new game in her creative mind.  
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Original Paintings are 8″x10″ watercolor on 140lb Cold Pressed paper
In Every Piece Of My Art
There Is A Piece Of My Heart And A Sparkle Of My Soul

Trip to Monterey or Not?

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22″x17″ Pastel on Tinted 80lb Paper
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This was my Final Project and my Final Pastel Painting. 
The smiley model of this painting is an adorable boy from Africa who was adopted by  one great San Francisco family. His nature is just like a Sunshine. In fact, if to translate his name to English it would read something like that. The family is getting this portrait as a gift from the Artist.
I’ve used several techniques when working on this art piece. For the face, I put layer after layer with smudging technique, yet the eyes I’ve drawn with the point of a pastel stick in the sharp crisp strokes. For the fuzzy fleece jacket I placed my pastel stick horizontally on the paper and moved different directions to allow the texture of the paper to shine through. When I took the original picture it was not that colorful at all. The background was a concrete pavement with a few pigeons on a back. I decided to combine two in one. I got one of the photo references that I had from my trip to Monterey and made the little boy “travel” to that beautiful place. 
And now when my semester is over, I need to get inspired to paint as bring as pastels with my lovely watercolors. The “models” didn’t wait too long. The day started bright; and my fresh-picked garden roses posed for me if they were asking to paint them in the future:

In Every Piece Of My Art
There Is A Piece Of My Heart And A Sparkle Of My Soul

Girl’s Portrait Study Phase II

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I’ve added a few shades of red into the cold purple to make it warmer and made the bottom of the painting more intense to settle down the future portrait. Can’t wait to start working on baby’s face. The background is pretty much done (unless I will want to insert an object or two.. we shell see)… It looks a little dark now as the girls face is not yet touched.

Sleeping Beauty

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My friend sent me a card with her Granddaughter picture. Their family got bigger this April. The card was so adorable and the baby was so peacefully sleeping unaware of her beauty that I couldn’t resist not to paint her. I just started imagine how mom’s or grandma’s hands were carefully placing baby on a blanket and were putting on this cute little crochet hat. They kept their voices down not to disturb the baby’s dreams. Ah! What a precious moment!

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Watercolor on Paper, Arches Cold Pressed 140 lb

Georgie

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This cute guy lives in our Cul-de-sac. He has quite a few brothers in the house. One day when I prepared the sketchbook photo references he was out and he was my first model that morning. I promised myself that I’ve paint full size painting one day. And here we go few month later the dream came true. You can see sketch 6×4 on the bottom and 8″x10″ painting that I’ve finished today. The challenge was (as it is probably for a lot of artists) to paint dogs hair. The teeny tiny ones that were covering his eyes, but that I really wanted to paint in order to keep the character in place.

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8″x10″ Watercolor on 300 lb Arches Paper Block