I have not had an art tantrum in forever. Yes, art tantrums are a real thing… and yes, adult professional artists suffer art tantrums. There’s a Donald Duck cartoon that shows Donald frustrated with his artwork that he would crumple up what he’s doing and throw it behind him… just like the way real artists do. Seriously… I’m not joking. This happens frequently. Anyways… about two years ago was the last art tantrum I had. I was so frustrated with what I was doing, I pretty much did what Donald Duck did… threw away what I was working on and restarted from scratch. I was painting a portrait when I suffered this breakdown. Lucky for me, the canvas I was working with was only 5″ x 7″. I’m not so lucky if the canvas I’m working with is huge;
This particular portrait had been immensely frustrating. I finished it a while back, but every time I see it I’m tempted to take it down and fix it. It’s a very well done painting. There is a lot of immense details that I poured into this painting. It is remarkably hyper-realistic. It’s a portrait of my nephew. Sadly, it doesn’t look like him much. The good news is that I have captured my nephews’ likeness numerous times on small paintings;
So the truth of the matter is, I’m really not that bad when it comes to doing portraits. I have about a 60%-70% success rate with capturing the likeness of a person. That’s not a bad number honestly. It’s just immensely frustrating when I fail.
Initially, I wanted to write about tips on how to capture the likeness of a person, but after doing a google search on the subject matter, it turns out there’s already quite a lot of good articles about it. The best I can honestly write about are tips for what to do when one is frustrated with capturing the likeness of a person. So yeah, here are things to ponder when one’s portrait painting isn’t going too well;
My frustration is still currently high when it comes to the subject matter of likeness. My acrylic portrait paintings are so far going good, so that isn’t what is currently disappointing me. What is currently aggravating me is that I’m not doing too good in capturing a likeness in digital sculpting. I had one sculpture that came close to my subject matter… everything else looks meh. But it’s ok… cause at least I finished this one illustration that still looks like the person I based the painting on. It’s my recent Bridgit Mendler inspired painting that gives me a small smile in my face;
It might not look exactly like Bridgit Mendler, but given that the original photo I was referencing had a totally different lighting condition than the illustration above, I think I pulled off the likeness nicely.
Anyways… for all the frustrated artists out there, don’t forget to breathe! Happy art-ing!art articles art lesson art lessons art tips portrait painting portrait paintings portrait sculpture Art Thoughts and Lessons
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