sugar skull portrait

Alice, sewing

This is kinda fun. Isn’t that a weird thing to say? It should always be fun, right? Sometimes it’s not, though. Sometimes it’s work.

But this one was fun. Partly because it’s Alice, my daughter. Partly because it was quite challenging. And even though I’m not sure it’s successful as a portrait, I learned a lot by doing it and it’s just fun to draw a face again. I like skellies, too, but faces are fascinating.

Anyway, I think using cool colors on the makeup was a mistake with this piece. So I will probably take another crack at it and try warmer whites instead. Plus, I think it’s just too dark. Warmer whites and lighter values overall.

sugar skull portrait

Alice I, 10×8″ pastel on paper by Marie Marfia

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