I've been really inspired by Ali Cavanaugh's work. It's figurative paintings of her children. Her results are really remarkable. Of course she has a really skilled and well practiced hand. I'm sure it will take me 10,000 hours to reach her level.
I tried a little portrait of my son. I enjoyed working on it especially because it was my son and my family is so far away right now.
It is an 9x12 inch painting. I started with a sketch using Reeves watercolor pencils. Then I brushed it with water. I kept reworking it to try and get the likeness correct. But I think it looks way overworked and still the likeness is not correct. Double whammy. Part of the issue was the face was only the size of a loonie and I was trying to do too much in such a small space. My brush is not small enough to maneuver in that tiny area. Just getting the basics and broad strokes of his face might have been enough. At least not looking overworked.
I'll try it again with a bigger space, maybe the size of a tennis ball to paint the face.