Outside the Box

Outside the box you are separated,
Could be alone and unappreciated.
Not included in the package,
Left behind from the luggage.
The different, the crazy, the weird, or the loony.
‘You don’t belong here’ they may say.
‘You’re not one of us’ they may add.
All because you’re outside the box.
But oh, how lovely it is to be free~
Outside the box of misery.
The box of expectations telling you what you can’t do.
And demanding you to do what they want you to.
A genius or a loser, that’s what you might be,
Outside the box of mediocrity.
You get to choose which side you will be.
A genius or a loser, take your pick.
But still you can move on to find a new box.
It’s great to belong to the place where you wanna be.

~ Melonaide

Going Back to Portraits

I’ve been accepting commissioned portrait works before as a sideline job. But usually, for me to complete one (more or less 12″ x 16″ paper size), it takes me from 3 days to 1 week of working on it. I don’t use a pantograph. That tool never seem to like me. lol. So I have to make measurements on the face by using my pencil as a ruler to check the proportion and distance. A sketch takes me a whole day to finish since I want it to look perfectly the same as the picture, shading is not included on the sketch.

And then, when I am confident that my measurements are correct, I will start shading the sketch. I either use colored pencils or charcoal pencil for it. This is a long process of trial and error. A slight mistake on the shading will make the person look different.

So, I challenged myself to make one small and fast portrait drawing today. Because of the time limit. I didn’t have the pleasure of taking time to measure everything (e.g. distance between the two eyes, distance of the of the nose to the eyes..etc.). I just used a 2H pencil for this portrait and a piece of small bathroom tissue and an eraser. The tissue was used to soften some shades in the face area. I prefer using cotton and cotton swabs, but I don’t intend to make it look too refined so a tissue paper will do.

Overall, I am satisfied on how it turned out. But my inner critic is screaming that there is something wrong. I’ll just try to do better next time. ;D

So, there she is. My cute and bubbly niece – Aija! I guess I did something wrong on the forehead part. Hers is larger. lol but she is still cute! 😀

I hope you enjoyed my post today. Have a great day! 😀

~ Melonaide