Sunday, February 26, 2006

Flo after a shower

This is the third and least worst attempt to capture Flo this evening. All the drawings of her as a teenager have failed to capture the sweetness of her face. I have just over three years to get one right before she’s no longer a teenager.


Blogger Lin said...

WELL DONE! I too have such trouble with faces, especially the faces of those I love ... keep at it -- your faces are lovely!!

2/27/2006 12:09 AM  
Blogger Julie Oakley said...

Thank you Lin. To be honest I don't think that faces are necessarily more difficult than anything else, it's just that all the inaccuracies are so much more obvious because you love and know the face so well.

I had in fact forgotten that I did one portrait of Flo and her best friend in July (
which does show how sweet they both look.

2/27/2006 9:16 AM  
Anonymous Detlef said...

This is pretty good, Julie. I'm sure you'll do (have done) her proud between now and then.

2/27/2006 10:47 AM  
Blogger "Maggie" said...


Not knowing what Flo looks like leaves me nothing to compare however I think this is a lovely attempt. Your linework and shading is beautiful. I think drawing a profile is the toughest of them all and capturing the essence of someone with glasses is an even greater challenge. Please post your other attempts, I would love to see them all.

2/27/2006 11:50 AM  
Blogger Julie Oakley said...

Detlef, thank you

Maggie,, just for you I've uploaded another one on flickr at I think Flo would have fifty fits if I uploaded the worst one.

2/27/2006 1:41 PM  
Blogger Linda said...

This is a great portrait! You really have such good strong, assertive lines -- wonderful!

2/27/2006 11:02 PM  
Blogger wolfwoman said...

I wish I had been doing this when my daughter was a teenager. Alas, those days are gone and she now lives a couple hundred miles away. I agree with Linda and would be very, very happy to have such a portrait of Kelley (my daughter)!

2/28/2006 2:53 AM  
Blogger Julie Oakley said...

Linda, I think using ink forces you to be less hesitant. Nancy that's just what I think about her younger years, but I'm lucky to be given a second chance with Xavier, my three year old. I now just have to persuade her to pose without watching TV (so I can draw her without the glasses!)

2/28/2006 5:54 PM  
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