Realistic Illustration & Portraiture
As an illustrator, Elizabeth Whelan enjoys the opportunity to use her skills to help tell a story, be it for a book or magazine, a business or product, or a private commission. She works mainly in gouache and also digitally, creating print and web-ready pieces for designers, corporations and individuals.
Artist Elizabeth Whelan creates portraits in oils. She is intent on capturing a moment in time as well as a likeness, finding that expression and sense of personality that brings her subject to life. She is a contemporary realist painter, and for her portraits this translates into accurate detail imbued with her own style of realism which is strengthened by a desire to preserve a feel for our times for future generations.
I recently started work on this oil painting The Vicar Heads Home, a portrait of sorts of a favorite local character who we've named for his white collar. He's a ring necked pheasant and is the only one we've seen in the vicinity.
At this point rough color has been placed around the painting, and attention is being paid to contrast.
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