Monday, September 12, 2011

Art Journal - Audrey Hepburn Portrait

There are certain time periods that I love. The Wild West, the 1930's and 40's art deco style, the 1960's, certain aspects of the 1980's... The aesthetic of those periods, the style, the dress, the music, the general feeling, I've always loved. The 60's, in particular, is an era that I've wanted to work with in my art for a while.

So when I was approved for the Jetsetter show, I knew I wanted to do something that reflected the style of the 1960's. In particular, I wanted to do something James Bond-ish. I had a model lined up, but, due to some unforeseen circumstances, we had to cancel. I decided to do a portrait of Audrey Hepburn instead. I chose a picture from Breakfast at Tiffany's because she was stunning in that film. The black and white seemed to fit with my art style, and the reference picture I found was a bit similar to what I had in mind for the Bond piece (but without guns).

(Note: I forgot that I took some of the pictures on the floor, so please ignore my toes.)

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I used Bristol paper for the illustration. I started out by laying out her figure with mechanical pencil, adding the detail as I went.

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Once I got the pencils to a good stopping point, I started to add the inks. I used Speedball india ink with a brush for most of it, as I wanted to give it a sort of John Romita Sr./Sal Buscema feel.

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I had an idea in mind of how I wanted to do the colors, but I wasn't sure exactly how to approach it. I checked out Phil Noto's artwork to get a feel for how I wanted to approach it. I knew I wanted to have an accent line, with a quote from the movie printed on a clear overlay that would rest on top of the artwork.

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The quote was placed on the right side of the piece, in the accent bar. It said:

It's better to look at the sky than live there. Such an empty place; so vague. Just a country where the thunder goes and things disappear.

Here's the final piece, along with my Tiki Head illustration:

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Both pieces were well received at the show. I want to work on her some more, but I wish I would have done the piece on illustration board instead. I find that it takes the colored inks better. For my next piece, an illustration of The Mummy for the Creep Cinema Halloween Art Show, I switched back to the illustration board, and will continue to use that from here on out.

(Click here to see my Art Journal entries for my Tiki Head Illustration: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3.)

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