With my talented husband as a guide, I totally just built my first professional puppet. Dallin wanted to give me some practice designing, patterning, building, and sewing before we begin constructing the puppets for our little personal project, "Fleeced" (working title).
I think he turned out pretty swell for my first go at the entire puppet building process. :)
I actually finished this a few weeks ago, but I didn't want to post it without a background and lazy me just never got around to it. However! It has a background now. Originally, it was going to include trees and foliage and tree spirits and just general greenery goodness. As you can tell, the effort stopped with her.
Anyway, as the title states I was mainly using the sketch for color / shading practice.
About a month or so ago I finished a commission for a friend of a friend. It was a gift, a portrait for a gal whose mother had just passed away. :'<
I must confess, I don't feel like portraiture or caricatures are my strong suit at all. This was quite a challenge for me. It took me forever to dump out some pretty awful sketches, not quite capturing what I wanted or how to make the mother (with so much detail, wrinkles, and folds in her face) look her age without her looking stylistically weird.