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.
I got a little more adventurous with my second one. She’s kind of fierce….
And then I got braver and went more abstract and used a rather strange color palette.
And finally I went even more abstract and added some collage elements.
A great way to study faces, try out new materials, and simply have a great time creating!