Magazine Makeover

I’m doing an intriguing tutorial from the amazing and talented artist Robin Laws called Magazine Makeover.  It’s an unusual way to recycle magazine images into paintings using oil pastels and other mixed media, a great way to practice painting and drawing skills, and just a whole lot of fun as well.

My first attempt stayed pretty close to the original image.  After putting a coat of clear gesso over the page, I dove in with oil pastels.  I had a lot of fun with her sunglasses by adding green to the reflected palm trees.

IMG_4131                  IMG_4130

I got a little more adventurous with my second one.  She’s kind of fierce….

IMG_4152     IMG_4151

And then I got braver and went more abstract and used a rather strange color palette.

IMG_4148  IMG_4150

And finally I went even more abstract and added some collage elements.

IMG_4149

IMG_4147

A great way to study faces, try out new materials, and simply have a great time creating!