Portrait Painting Is Stressful
Depending on how you approach it, portrait painting can be quite stressful and frustrating. If you are an amateur like me who does not paint for a living and who has no professional training whatsoever in any art form, then trying to paint a portrait to look like the subject you are trying to paint will make you go quite mad.
When I started portrait painting, I had the misconception that I have to get every detail right. I was afraid that I would be criticized for creating a portrait that does not resemble the subject. Yes, I might have hit the right note for some and I could finish a piece in one try, but no one knows how many other pieces I have trashed.
Recently I discovered something called stylized portrait and it opened up a brand new world for me that is heaps of fun.
Since I am not paid to paint what I see, I can now paint what “I” see and not what the third person see. Gone are the days when I have to stick to every detail down to last strand of hair. And what a wonderful experience it is.
No doubt, the sense of satisfaction is tremendous when I can paint or draw a portrait with 100 percent resemblance of the subject, but then I am only doing this for fun, so I don’t need that kind of stress.
Having said that, I will definitely still do portraits when I feel like it or when someone request for it. Otherwise, it will be stylized portraits for me from now on.
Enjoy the process of my latest work which you see here.