Portrait Artist of the Month – February 2021

The two names suggested for February’s PAOTM were Dame Elizabeth Taylor and Sir Norman Wisdom. Both no longer with us but with long careers spanning decades meaning there’s plenty of reference photos available.

Angela D painted Elizabeth Taylor in acrylics on watercolour paper. Elizabeth’s hair has been painted very skilfully, the highlights making it appear 3D and her face has a look so intense that the viewer has no doubt they are being scrutinised.

Juliet drew both Elizabeth Taylor and Norman Wisdom in pencil. Elizabeth looks very glamorous with Juliet emphasising her eyes and full lips. Norman’s cheeky grin has been drawn perfectly and we know he is just about to get up to some mischief.

Steve used Guitar oil pastels on Bockingford watercolour paper for his portrait of Elizabeth. The skin tones look real and the darker shading on her cheeks and under her chin work so well, highlighting Elizabeth’s bone structure.

Tracy painted Elizabeth in watercolours on A4 300gsm watercolour paper by Hobbycraft, taking about 30 minutes to draw and then 90 minutes to paint. The original publicity photo was taken in 1955 when Elizabeth was only 23.

Dot painted in watercolours on A4 Bockingford watercolour paper, giving Elizabeth a really strong look by painting her features close up. It’s a very striking portrait.

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