Your Questions About Mixed Media Portraits

Michael asks…

Please help! how can i use my imagination so i can draw?

I have been drawing since i was just a little kid, and i get compliments from everyone, everyone says that i’m a good drawing. Anyways, my problem is that i’m always out of ideas,I mean I draw really well and i draw portraits, mix-media, and any other stuff that i see, i can copy other pictures, but when it comes to using my imagination i just can’t find anything i can draw…
what should i do?
please help 🙁

Timo answers:

What i do is that i use a reference of some sort if I’m drawing a person, just so that i can get the proportions right and all. Then i decide what type of drawing i want it to be (i.e. Depressing, cheerful, peaceful, thought provoking…etc.) then i chose songs to match that. So, i sit listening to those songs with my pencil and paper in hand and ideas always come. You can also browse the internet for different ideas or positions or anything like that. I always use music as my inspiration, and it always helps. Hope it helps you too :).

Donna asks…

Names of artists who…?

..do kind of like mixed media style portraits.
Famous/well known artists I mean.

Like this style:
http://fc96.deviantart.com/fs21/f/2007/287/1/0/Ingenue_by_paperboogie.jpg
http://fc59.deviantart.com/fs24/f/2007/356/6/5/Sin_Nomine_4_by_el_woopo.jpg
http://fc65.deviantart.com/fs18/f/2008/084/e/5/e51d3d9b8edb15d7.jpg

Timo answers:

You could look at Picasso and Braque.

Thomas asks…

How is this for a realistic self-portrait?

I Don’t usually draw or paint like this, I mainly do anime, so this was really new to me. In my drawing class my Prof wanted a self portrait for our final project, we were told to do a realistic self portrait with mixed media. (I used pencil crayons, water color paint and charcoal *paint was aloud*) I have already put about 15 hours into this drawing/painting, but any suggestions would be really helpful because I want to get a good mark on this.
http://fc05.deviantart.net/fs29/f/2008/119/5/6/Self_painting_by_violet_shade.jpg

Timo answers:

Excellent. It shows all the labour which has gone in the making of it.
I liked the work.

Paul asks…

(Pic included) Can you tell me what I could or should do better?

http://www.flickr.com/photos/61013594@N06/5569935815/

Mixed Media on the Beatles

Can you critique this mixed media peice? Should i do anything to make it better? Is it too much already? Are the records distracting? Ect thanks SO much <3

PS.. im aware my charcoal portraits are not incredible im just a junior in high school :p slack appreciated

Timo answers:

It’s awesome, the only thing I can think of is if you ant to put part f the lyrics from some of their songs on the ink, orange and green spaces…

Helen asks…

(Pic included) Can you tell me what I could or should do better? (short!)?

http://www.flickr.com/photos/61013594@N06/5569935815/

Mixed Media on the Beatles

Can you critique this mixed media peice? Should i do anything to make it better? Is it too much already? Are the records distracting? Ect thanks SO much <3

PS.. im aware my charcoal portraits are not incredible im just a junior in high school :p slack appreciated

Timo answers:

“The War is Over” is very difficult to read, maybe put some inner color in it so you can read it better. The records are okay, but the focus is definitely on them. If you want it to look balanced then draw the records in charcoal or layer some softer tones on and around them, because the true black of the record is far more pungent than anything else on the piece.

…and this IS the wrong category, but I still tried to help. 🙂

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