|Houston County, Texas • artist V. Bridges Hoyt|
Many of the high school student entries showed real talent. Several students entered graphite portraits which were extremely well drawn. If I could speak directly to the entrants, I would encourage those young portrait artists to continue with portraits but to experiment with making their darks darker and to practice, practice, practice.
Looking at a model through squinted eyes (whether a photo or live model) shows an artist where the darkest darks are and where the lightest lights are. Adding a darker value to the mid-tone grays already in the portrait will make the portrait become more 3D and more real. I hope at least some of these young artists will continue their art pursuits in the future.
Needless to say, I came home inspired to paint.
Recently, I was awarded a portrait commission from Canada. When completed, an image will be posted to my web site.