I've been loving all of the festive posts in the world of blog lately.
I had hoped to paint some Christmas baubles myself, but I don't think I'll have enough time!
Anyway - let me introduce you to Rowland... (you can click on the image to see it larger :0)
Isn't he a dish? ;0)
How is it that just like a yawn, a smile is SO infectious! And none more so than this one :0)
Rowland is my Cousin-in-Law, who sadly passed away when he was still young.
Last week, it was it the tenth anniversary of that day and soon after, it was his Mum's 70th birthday. So, though I've wanted to draw Rowland for a long time, now seemed like the right time to do it.
Though I didn't have the chance to get to know him very well, I do know that he
All I will say, is that is was fun getting to know him a little better during the last couple of weeks ;0)
In the photograph that Rowland's Brother gave me to refer to, Roland has the cheesiest grin on his face, which as you probably already know, is by no means easy to draw!
Coincidentally, soon after completing the portrait, I received one of Robert Genn's Twice Weekly Newsletters on that very subject - 'The Closed Mouth Convention'.
If you have the time, it's a really good read! It's all about the difficulty of painting teeth and why the great masters used to avoid doing just that!
But I believe that it's equally important to be able to capture the smile in someones eyes and not just their mouth.
Without conveying that, then however perfect the drawing, it will never convince!