Portrait + Process

Thanks as always to AD Dian Holton for hiring diverse range of women to do portraits for The Girlfriend Letter by AARP! These are particularly fun to do and I thought I'd share one so you can see my process. Enjoy :)

First: Research, research! Compile as many photo references of the subject as much as possible! Fun fact, Elaine Welteroth was born in Fremont, CA! (Hey there neighbor!) She's not only got an exceptional eye and taste for an editor, she's also the first African American woman to serve as Beauty Editor in Teen Vogue in 2012. To quote Wikipedia: "In 2017, Welteroth was named editor-in-chief of Teen Vogue, making her the second African-American in Condé Nast's 107-year history to hold such a title." How cool is that! I'm glad that a lot of companies and institutions are striving to be more diverse in terms of gender and race. 

Final version of Welteroth, gouache on hot pressed watercolor paper.

Above: Time lapse of the portrait. I definitely need to get a tripod for my time-lapses, but for now, oatmeal tub does the trick (sort of).

Pass 1 & 2 of Welteroth portrait. Went for straight shot as requested. My sketches are usually colored as close to the final as possible, to avoid errors, because repainting is a pain in the behind.

Pass 1 & 2 of Welteroth portrait. Went for straight shot as requested. My sketches are usually colored as close to the final as possible, to avoid errors, because repainting is a pain in the behind.