Saturday, August 4, 2012

Harry Potter/ Grandson Portrait

First off, thank you for leaving your nice comments for the free print
Remember, you have until midnight MTS on the 6th to post a comment to win. 
MEANWHILE, I've continued with this little Harry Potter portrait for my grandson. I made some corrections and changes on the sketch, scanned it in and then printed in out on a sheet of watercolor paper. Next, I mounted it on a 6"x 12", 1/2" cradled panel, using acrylic matte medium. Applied two coats on top of the sketch to seal the paper. 

Next, I applied a coat of acrylic mixed with medium. It was too opaque, so I wiped most of it off and went over the lines with a sepia colored pencil. That way I can see it better when I apply the acrylic tone. I also added the name of the spell and the house....had forgotten he wanted that. I plan to do them very subtlety...with just a slight shift in value from the background so they don't stand out too much.  

Well, better get back to the children book. I have two more ready to be mounted and painted. Will post in a few days.


Suzy said...

It's interesting to read about the steps you take in making a painting. Why do you draw, scan, and then paint on the scanned drawing? Is it because it gives you the opportunity for a Do-Over, should you need one? Your "making the words subtly different" plan is a super one.

The Art of Kim Kincaid said...

Yes, Suzy, I scan the sketch in order to preserve it, especially when my time is short and I'm not sure of what I'm doing. I often find I lose the quality of the sketch as I transfer it so this process solves that problem for me. I've spent years trying to overcome the "fear" aspect of making a mistake and this at least, helps me to know if I mess up, it's okay...I can just print another. Thank you for stopping by and commenting.

Brian said...

Thanks for sharing the steps of this technique again. I haven't tried it yet, but am glad to see another fine example before I do.

The Art of Kim Kincaid said...

Thanks Brian. Appreciate you stopping by.

Ruthie Redden said...

Kim, i love this, lucky grandson indeed. I love this process, how come i never hought of this, i hate getting to the stage when i think this is it no turning back & is probably why i have so many half finished pieces dotted about my studio!