LISA MALTBY
LONDON BASED ILLUSTRATOR & LETTERING ARTIST

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Welcome to my blog where I post about all things creative, from my latest food illustrations, design work and hand lettering doodles, to articles about freelancing and creativity. I hope you like my posts.

  I thought I’d tackle a portrait as I haven’t done one in years - so who better than a princess? Depending on the purpose, the problem with portraits is that artistic licence can only go so far: If someone wanted a painting to hang in their house the portrait could get away with being a little more ‘expressive’ and lean more to capturing, say, a mood rather than trying to create something that is recognisable as a person. My purpose with this portrait was to capture the princess and what makes her stand out to me; her locks of hair, her smile and the royal blue colour. Obviously I have also used photographs for reference which may be a big no-no in some people’s eyes but it’s not like I can invite her round for a coffee is it?! This portrait needed to be instantly recognisable as Kate as well as capturing something of her nature. 
 Capturing smiles can also be extremely difficult: They can often look fake or just make the portrait look a little too cheesy. I prefer drawings from life that have a little bit more of an edge to them and don’t look so perfect… but a princess has to look perfect, right? People will rarely ask for a portrait of someone looking moody. 
 What do you think? Do you have a favourite portrait, and what is it that makes it stand out for you? If you have any comments about my portrait I’d love to hear from you. :)

I thought I’d tackle a portrait as I haven’t done one in years - so who better than a princess? Depending on the purpose, the problem with portraits is that artistic licence can only go so far: If someone wanted a painting to hang in their house the portrait could get away with being a little more ‘expressive’ and lean more to capturing, say, a mood rather than trying to create something that is recognisable as a person. My purpose with this portrait was to capture the princess and what makes her stand out to me; her locks of hair, her smile and the royal blue colour. Obviously I have also used photographs for reference which may be a big no-no in some people’s eyes but it’s not like I can invite her round for a coffee is it?! This portrait needed to be instantly recognisable as Kate as well as capturing something of her nature.

Capturing smiles can also be extremely difficult: They can often look fake or just make the portrait look a little too cheesy. I prefer drawings from life that have a little bit more of an edge to them and don’t look so perfect… but a princess has to look perfect, right? People will rarely ask for a portrait of someone looking moody.

What do you think? Do you have a favourite portrait, and what is it that makes it stand out for you? If you have any comments about my portrait I’d love to hear from you. :)