Final Portrait Reflection

In this project, we were asked to paint a portrait that can convey authority and can make a broader social statement and represents the intangible. In this portrait, I used oil painting for the face, I used acrylic for the background, and I used the palette knife to add texture to my background.


My project is named innocence, this represents harmlessness and free from guilt.

The subject in my painting is my sister, I chose her as my subject due to her look of innocence that most children have. My guiding question is that adults should not restrict children’s imagination and creativity. It can be shown by my sister in the portrait and the creativity of children. By using the palette knife in my portrait, it shows how children often draw, it is messy, but there is still creativity incorporated into it. The mood of the portrait is very innocent and childish, so I used pink and blue, they are both colors that connote the idea of immaturity. I borrowed Hung Liu’s idea in my portrait, I drew shapes in the background of my portrait. I was inspired by Francois Neilly, I thought her use of palette knives was really creative and created texture. I wanted to use her texture to represent children’s creativity and their scribbles.


In my final plan, I planned to completely use the palette knife for my background, however, during the process painting the face of the subject, I realized that a uniform texture in the background would not have the effect that I wanted it to have, would be too messy. One of the challenges I came up with during this project is drawing the ear. The ear has a really complicated structure, thus, when drawing it with a monochrome color scheme, it would have a lot of different shades and values. I overcame this obstacle by looking at each part of the ear close up, breaking down the picture to focus on details. I have stretched as an artist by paying attention to details so that my portrait would look more realistic.

Develop Craft- I developed craft by learning from my mistakes. At first, the texture and shadows of the hands were not very realistic, however, I corrected it by changing the shades and smoothing out the rough texture of the hand. Another mistake that I made was that the edges were not defined, but I fixed that mistake by using a thin paintbrush to go over the edges. At first, my shades of blue for the face and the hand were not unified, however, I solved that problem by going over the color again with another shade of blue. This not only fixed the different shades of blue, it also smoothed out the texture of the hand. Evidence of these changes can be shown above by the changes of the portraits.

Observe- The picture below shows evidence of myself observing. Throughout the process of observing, it helped me work on my details, thus, making my portrait more realistic. When observing, I zoom into the picture so that I can see the details on the picture better so I could apply the shade of the color onto my canvas. An example is when I was working on the flower on the figure, I zoomed into the picture to better focus on the shades of the flowers, and I applied the shades of the flower onto the canvas.

Envision- I envisioned by drawing a final plan. By drawing a final plan, I can see better how my portrait would look like when I draw it, however, I changed my final plan because I envisioned what my portrait would look like when I drew it I envisioned that when I painted the background as it was in the final plan, it would look really messy and would not have the effect that I was looking for, which was the type of drawing that children tend to draw, therefore, I changed my background into what it is now, which is an acrylic background with geometric shapes painted with palette knives. Geometric shapes connote to children because that is what children first learn when they were little.

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