November 20th, 2015

Portrait of Daniel Radcliffe

Artist: Laura Sfait, United States
Aritst Statement: I did this portrait of Daniel Radcliffe from a black and white reference photo. I made up the colors using my usual palette for skin tones and Walnut ink for the hair.

My procedure for portraits is based on simplification. Drawing is often not what you draw but what you leave out. I begin with a very accurate ink drawing. If the features are somehow hard to get I start with pencil first, but Radcliffe has a very distinct face that is somehow easy to do. The likeness is pretty much attained by an exaggeration of the eyebrows and getting the eyes right. The jawline is also key in this case.

When I do portraits I try to create a rhythm of contrasts so your eye jumps from dark spot to dark spot back and forth, keeping the interest in the portrait in a circular motion. The warms and cools also play a part in that rhythm. Since in this portrait most of the real estate is warm, the cooling factor is the blue eyes. Eyes are the feature that we feel mostly attracted to in a face, so a very bold blue in that focal point compensates for all the warmth that is around. This cool color finds then a visual connection with another cooling color, the greenish blue of the shirt, between those two I think I accomplished a balance and the portrait feels right. The shading in the face was done using about three layers of watercolor, allowing the first layer to dry completely.

Depending on the light source direction I start my first wash with the main skin tone. Then I add the first pass of dark brown and follow with the lighter and darker skin tones once the first layer is dry. The cooling touches are at the end. The drawing process took me about 25-30 minutes, the coloring about 15 minutes.

MEDIA: Ink and watercolor
SURFACE: Beta Series – Extra Heavyweight – 270 gsm – White – Cold Press Finish

ABOUT THE ARTIST: Laura F. Sfiat is a Boston-based illustrator and graphic designer; founder of Urban Sketchers’ Boston chapter. To see more of her work, her blog can be found here: citysketcherboston.com

Daniel Radcliffe

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