Hanne Lore Koehler:

It is not always possible to meet the person I am painting, so a number of photos would be helpful as reference in order that I can determine a prominent facial feature by which the character's friends and colleagues will be able to recognize him/her. I like to place my subjects in comical situations or with props, such as guitar or saxophone, carpenter tools, etc. so a bit of information about how you would like the character portrayed would also be helpful.

I begin by drawing a few quick pencil sketches of my ideas based on your instructions. When I get to one that makes me smile, I develop the idea in more detail on watercolor paper with paint, usually completing the face first, followed by other elements (like tools) important to the story and then the background which could include a recognizable landmark if applicable. I use bright overstated colors to exaggerate the outrageous.

Hanne Lore Koehler

Written and painted by , owner of Koehler Art Studio Gallery. An artist who has painted many watercolor, acrylic, oil paintings and murals of landscapes, portraits, still life, architectural and sports art, she is also an author and illustrator of children's books. You can find her on Google, follow her on Facebook and also on Twitter.

See also:

art with children playing
PAINTINGS OF CHILDREN ........ Gallery 4

child portrait art paintings
PORTRAITS OF CHILDREN ........ Gallery 5

sample portraits by portrait painter

character illustrations for children
CHARACTERS FOR KIDS ........ Gallery 23

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