Sunday, 4 November 2012

Only the deepest red II

A few weeks ago I saw Caatje's post about practising a particular technique. She set herself a project to draw/paint women in her art journal, and asked if anyone else was doing something along the same lines. I told her about the sketches of famous faces in my moleskine, and asked her to choose the next person for me to draw. So she said Kate Winslet. Oh no, I thought - Kate Winslet is so beautiful, and has such an 'open' face, if you catch my drift, and I was rather daunted. I looked online for images of the actress, and completely fell in love with the one I've copied below. I hope you like it Caatje:-)

It immediately made me think of this Vettriano print that my fiance bought for me one christmas.

It's called (you've guessed it) Only the deepest red II. There is a lot of blue in the print itself, but not this much. That was due to the bad light when I took the photo of it.

Everything about the pose in the two pictures, I find fascinating. I mean, it's something I do every day - put makeup on, not actually lipstick - but I don't use a compact mirror. Instead I use a huge mirror on the wall. So maybe it's the suggestion of being on the move that I find interesting. And what are they thinking when they apply makeup? Are they confident and self-assured, or worrying about the day ahead. Jack's woman looks super confident with her sling backs and short dress with the three-quarter sleeves. Plus the odd location (well, not odd for Vettriano) -  she can re-do her Chanel lipstick (maybe YSL?) anywhere, no matter who is watching.
But back to Kate. Is this a still from a film? I'm not sure, but she looks so much more relaxed. A lot more vulnerable somehow, which is what drew me to the picture in the first place. Yes, she's a stunningly beautiful woman, but she's also human.

Any ideas for my next famous face?


  1. Ooooh, she's absolutely gorgeous! You did an amazing job! Thanks so much for drawing her, I'm flattered you drew her because I asked you. She certainly turned out great. I'll mention it in my new blogpost so people can check her out.

  2. Oh my gosh Emily... your drawing is STUNNING... i adore everything about her... you have captured Kate perfectly...

    Jenny ♥

  3. Hi Emily, You have recreated Kate's beauty and likeness so well. And with simple lines! A hard thing to achieve, Well Done!