Tangled – A Painter’s Dilemma

This summer I took a head painting class and I fell in love with portrait painting. So, this fall I decided to do a directed studies class to put together a show of portrait paintings including a series of my roommates. This week I’ve been working on Lyssandra’s portrait. She has big, beautiful, glorious, and extremely curly hair. This is the reference I am working with:

I am lucky to have such lovely friends to paint! However, I have been struggling to represent her hair. Blonds are particularly hard to paint and curly hair is also a challenge. I have been looking at tutorials and found these on James Gurney’s blog helpful.


This is what I have so far. I still have a lot to do, but I think overall it is coming well.

I am excited to keep learning and experimenting. If you know of any other portrait-painting resources please send them my way!

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