Throwback Thursday 05.21.2020

May 21, 2020

2018 was such an experimental year for me when it comes to traditional painting. I was heavily interested in improving my time in making portraits. The results were always… mixed. The biggest problem I kept running into when I try to rush portrait paintings is the “likeness” of the portrait. I have done fifteen minute portraits and I nail the likeness… and then there are times when I spend a lot of time on one piece and it doesn’t look anything like the subject matter. Just like I said before… sometimes you win some, sometimes you lose.

This one piece though is one portrait I wanted to tag as a “lose,” but it has enough charm on it that it makes me think twice before chucking it out of the window;

A portrait painting
Kuya Ruther

There’s enough “likeness” to Kuya Ruther in this piece that I can call it a success. I initially didn’t like it at first cause it honestly felt “simplistic.” But looking at it a year later made me realize that some of my creative decisions in the piece aren’t as “simplistic” as I thought it would be. The gut instinct to have the shades of the glass be a “cutout” is pretty much a bold move… and it was a move that really works. It gives the whole painting an early-MTV ad commercial feel…. so tagging this piece as “simplistic” doesn’t really feel like it’s true.

This is an absolutely cool painting from two years ago. I’m glad I ran into this one in my hard drive today.

acrylic painting acrylic portrait paintings artwork analysis old artwork traditional painting Throwback Thursday

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

  • Advertisements Go Here

    I don't like ads. I don't think anyone likes ads. But they do play a pivotal role in our lives. In my case, ads help pay the bills. So unfortunately, advertisements will go here. The good news is that I have not set up advertisements for this website yet. Yay! But if you do want to help me out in the smallest of ways, then head over to my YouTube Channel and subscribe. Not only will you be helping me out, you will also learn a thing or two about my art! Hooray for learning!

  • All Rights Reserved @Edgar Ej.
    Site powered by Godaddy, Wordpress, and a few cookies... Oatmeal Raisin cookies to be exact.