Today’s portrait session 9.4.21

Today we were playing with lighting effects, either with the light from a lamp, a phone or the screen light. I decided to try and use watercolour (mainly blue and brown) and a couple of extra colours depending on the backgrounds. The paint set doesn’t have a black, which makes it interesting trying to get dark enough colours…

Deleting photos!

Too many photos on my phone. My phone memory is at 85% and my SD card is almost full… My WordPress account is around 92% full, mostly I think because I try and post my own artwork here and not to use images off the net.

I need to seriously declutter. I think I will save things to the cloud. But sorting out what to keep? I’m just having a deleting frenzy!

So if you come across a post with words but no picture, I’m sorry but I’ve probably deleted it (getting rid of duplicates or blurry, poor quality images). So now you know

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Full…

My WordPress is getting too full of images again. I try and put a new photo or art on each page, but when my media is around 86% full it won’t allow me to upload new images. So unfortunately I’m going to have to delete pictures to make more room. I will delete them from the older pages. It will probably mean that the page and writing will still be there, but the image might be missing. Sorry if this is a problem. I might try and increase my package with WordPress but that will cost me money. I don’t want to clutter my blog up with ads either. We will see what happens.

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Drawing portraits

_20200717_170656_optimizedThis is from a few years ago. I think it was just someone in a cafe or a pub. I don’t remember asking permission to draw him. But this is about twenty years old, so there is no reason why I would. What I like to do is draw carefully. I don’t pick my pencil up to measure, but I do look carefully. I try and get the proportions right. I look at the length of the nose, the width of the lips. The length of the hair and the shape of the person’s face. Portrait drawing and painting can be nerve wracking. But I enjoy doing it. I’m addicted to art.

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And back to cats, patterns and photo editing

Sometimes when you ‘tidy things up’ with photo editors, you lose some of the character of your art work. Yes it may look more interesting in one way but you can lose colours or small details that you might have struggled to get into the image in the first place. I guess it’s a matter of choice. The first photo here has been enhanced slightly with filters in Instagram. That’s because the drawing I did originally is about twenty years old and hangs on our stairs. The inks I used to draw it have faded so i had to try and restore it slightly back to how it was. The second is another one that I’ve adjusted in Photodirector.

It’s down to personal opinion if you like them or not?

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Too many photos

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Yet again my photo content is too high. It’s around 79% and I’m going to have to delete photos off my older posts to make room for new ones.

I like illustrating my posts with my own images and not using many of anyone else’s pictures. But that means I fill up my pages with my work and lose memory. That means I can’t post photos until I remove around 100 images. I did upgrade my plan to give me more space, but I can’t afford to keep doing that. I think once you’ve got the blogging bug it’s hard to break free from it.

See you later.

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