100 Portraits of Ava by Karen

100 Portraits of Ava by Karen

May to September 2020

From May to September 2020, I took part in the 100 Days Project Scotland 2020 to practise making art. I chose to create 100 portraits of my daughter, Ava, from a single reference photograph, taken during the first lockdown in 2020, using a variety of techniques with various mediums and materials that were available to me.

Some days I was creating a portrait in a scant few minutes, others I laboured for hours, and the rest were somewhere in-between. Many of the portraits didn’t resemble my daughter, but instead were made of the joys and woes of experimentation. Some days I fought with my lack of experience with the different mediums, materials and techniques. Other days were calm, restful, almost meditative days of play. Here are the results of my 100 days.

Day 1 - Blind contour drawing portrait with a marker pen
Day 1 - Blind contour drawing portrait with a marker pen
Day 2 - Inverted colour digital image portrait
Day 2 - Inverted colour digital image portrait
Day 3 - Charcoal line drawing portrait
Day 3 - Charcoal line drawing portrait
Day 4 - Charcoal drawing on paper
Day 4 - Charcoal drawing on paper
Day 5 - Charcoal drawing with bold lines
Day 5 - Charcoal drawing with bold lines
Day 6 - Quick oil pastel drawing
Day 6 - Quick oil pastel drawing
Day 7 - Graphite pencil drawing
Day 7 - Graphite pencil drawing
Day 8 - Monotone watercolour painting
Day 8 - Monotone watercolour painting
Day 9 - Coloured pencil drawing of an eye
Day 9 - Coloured pencil drawing of an eye
Day 10 - Paper cut portrait
Day 10 - Paper cut portrait
Day 11 - Acrylic painting
Day 11 - Acrylic painting
Day 12 - Digital black and white line drawing
Day 12 - Digital black and white line drawing
Day 13 - Pink monotone acrylic painting of an eye
Day 13 - Pink monotone acrylic painting of an eye
Day 14 - Small charcoal drawing
Day 14 - Small charcoal drawing
Day 15 - Quick black biro pen drawing
Day 15 - Quick black biro pen drawing
Day 16 - Black marker pen drawing
Day 16 - Black marker pen drawing
Day 17 - Simple pencil line drawing
Day 17 - Simple pencil line drawing
Day 18 - Paper collage of an eye
Day 18 - Paper collage of an eye
Day 19 - Fabric appliqué on denim
Day 19 - Fabric appliqué on denim
Day 20 - Glitter eye portrait on black paper
Day 20 - Glitter eye portrait on black paper
Day 21 - Small bead portrait in three colours
Day 21 - Small bead portrait in three colours
Day 22 - Pink monotone acrylic portrait on a blue background
Day 22 - Pink monotone acrylic portrait on a blue background
Day 23 - Blue monotone watercolour portrait
Day 23 - Blue monotone watercolour portrait
Day 24 - Tiny charcoal portrait
Day 24 - Tiny charcoal portrait
Day 25 - Watercolour portrait painting
Day 25 - Watercolour portrait painting
Day 26 - Watercolour portrait painting with a colourful collar
Day 26 - Watercolour portrait painting with a colourful collar
Day 27 - Black and white charcoal drawing on red paper
Day 27 - Black and white charcoal drawing on red paper
Day 28 - Oil pastel drawing of an eye on canvas
Day 28 - Oil pastel drawing of an eye on canvas
Day 29 - Pink monotone acrylic portrait painting
Day 29 - Pink monotone acrylic portrait painting
Day 30 - White charcoal line drawing on black paper
Day 30 - White charcoal line drawing on black paper
Day 31 - Digital illustration in pink and blue
Day 31 - Digital illustration in pink and blue
Day 32 - Digital collage with household textures
Day 32 - Digital collage with household textures
Day 33 - Pastel portrait
Day 33 - Pastel portrait
Day 34 - Quick charcoal drawing without reference
Day 34 - Quick charcoal drawing without reference
Day 35 - Charcoal drawing with bold lines
Day 35 - Charcoal drawing with bold lines
Day 36 - Burnt Sienna monotone acrylic painting
Day 36 - Burnt Sienna monotone acrylic painting
Day 37 - Acrylic portrait painting with a blue background
Day 37 - Acrylic portrait painting with a blue background
Day 38 - Acrylic portrait painting with a red background
Day 38 - Acrylic portrait painting with a red background
Day 39 - Digital illustration with woman in green palette
Day 39 - Digital illustration with woman in green palette
Day 40 - Digital bold line drawing in teal
Day 40 - Digital bold line drawing in teal
Day 41 - Charcoal drawing of an eye
Day 41 - Charcoal drawing of an eye
Day 42 - Charcoal line drawing on a Burnt Sienna acrylic background
Day 42 - Charcoal line drawing on a Burnt Sienna acrylic background
Day 43 - Graphite drawing of an eye and nose
Day 43 - Graphite drawing of an eye and nose
Day 44 - Blue and pink pen squiggles drawing
Day 44 - Blue and pink pen squiggles drawing
Day 45 - Black dot drawing of an eye
Day 45 - Black dot drawing of an eye
Day 46 - Acrylic portrait painting on a green background
Day 46 - Acrylic portrait painting on a green background
Day 47 - Acrylic painting of an eye in Ultramarine and Burnt Sienna
Day 47 - Acrylic painting of an eye in Ultramarine and Burnt Sienna
Day 48 - Acrylic portrait painting in Ultramarine and Burnt Sienna
Day 48 - Acrylic portrait painting in Ultramarine and Burnt Sienna
Day 49 - Charcoal drawing on a blue acrylic background
Day 49 - Charcoal drawing on a blue acrylic background
Day 50 - Small graphite portrait drawing
Day 50 - Small graphite portrait drawing
Day 51 - Limited colour torn paper collage
Day 51 - Limited colour torn paper collage
Day 52 - Charcoal drawing on grey paper
Day 52 - Charcoal drawing on grey paper
Day 53 - Promarker drawing of an eye on watercolour paper
Day 53 - Promarker drawing of an eye on watercolour paper
Day 54 - Digital portrait made of a monotone hexagon brush
Day 54 - Digital portrait made of a monotone hexagon brush
Day 55 - Limited palette Washi tape eye portrait
Day 55 - Limited palette Washi tape eye portrait
Day 56 - Limited palette pro marker pen portrait of an eye
Day 56 - Limited palette pro marker pen portrait of an eye
Day 57 - Acrylic painting of an eye with textured background
Day 57 - Acrylic painting of an eye with textured background
Day 58 - Limited palette washi tape drawing of a chin and neck
Day 58 - Limited palette washi tape drawing of a chin and neck
Day 59 - Limited palette promarker drawing of an eye
Day 59 - Limited palette promarker drawing of an eye
Day 60 - Digital continuous white line drawing on a black background
Day 60 - Digital continuous white line drawing on a black background
Day 61 - Limited palette watercolour drawing of an eye
Day 61 - Limited palette watercolour drawing of an eye
Day 62 - Digital line drawing portrait on a yellow background
Day 62 - Digital line drawing portrait on a yellow background
Day 63 - Cropped and rotated digital line drawing on a white background
Day 63 - Cropped and rotated digital line drawing on a white background
Day 64 - Origami paper collage portrait
Day 64 - Origami paper collage portrait
Day 65 - Blue monotone coloured pencil drawing
Day 65 - Blue monotone coloured pencil drawing
Day 66 - Blue promarker pen drawing
Day 66 - Blue promarker pen drawing
Day 67 - Digital drawing based on the promarker pen portrait in blue
Day 67 - Digital drawing based on the promarker pen portrait in blue
Day 68 - Charcoal portrait drawing with a white outline
Day 68 - Charcoal portrait drawing with a white outline
Day 69 - Graphite drawing of an eye
Day 69 - Graphite drawing of an eye
Day 70 - Limited palette acrylic portrait painting in Ultramarine and Burnt Sienna
Day 70 - Limited palette acrylic portrait painting in Ultramarine and Burnt Sienna
Day 71 - Digital monotone portrait from an acrylic portrait painting
Day 71 - Digital monotone portrait from an acrylic portrait painting
Day 72 - Blue and white pastel portrait
Day 72 - Blue and white pastel portrait
Day 73 - Limited palette pastel portrait drawing
Day 73 - Limited palette pastel portrait drawing
Day 74 - Watercolour portrait with a green background
Day 74 - Watercolour portrait with a green background
Day 75 - Charcoal squiggle drawing on orange paper
Day 75 - Charcoal squiggle drawing on orange paper
Day 76 - Blue monotone acrylic portrait painting
Day 76 - Blue monotone acrylic portrait painting
Day 77 - Erased charcoal pencil drawing on magenta paper
Day 77 - Erased charcoal pencil drawing on magenta paper
Day 78 - Monotone watercolour painting on woven card
Day 78 - Monotone watercolour painting on woven card
Day 79 - Small charcoal drawing
Day 79 - Small charcoal drawing
Day 80 - Burnt Sienna acrylic portrait painting
Day 80 - Burnt Sienna acrylic portrait painting
Day 81 - Promarker portrait with blue hair on promarker paper
Day 81 - Promarker portrait with blue hair on promarker paper
Day 82 - Digital promarker drawing with noise
Day 82 - Digital promarker drawing with noise
Day 83 - Digital promarker drawing with noise and flat colours
Day 83 - Digital promarker drawing with noise and flat colours
Day 84 - Monotone digital promarker drawing with noise
Day 84 - Monotone digital promarker drawing with noise
Day 85 - Charcoal portrait drawing with textured hair
Day 85 - Charcoal portrait drawing with textured hair
Day 86 - Promarker drawing of an eye on origami paper
Day 86 - Promarker drawing of an eye on origami paper
Day 87 - Promarker imprint of an eye
Day 87 - Promarker imprint of an eye
Day 88 - Drawing of an eye with promarkers and coloured pencils
Day 88 - Drawing of an eye with promarkers and coloured pencils
Day 89 - Purple pastel portrait drawing on green paper
Day 89 - Purple pastel portrait drawing on green paper
Day 90 - Digital continuous line drawing in pink neon on a black background
Day 90 - Digital continuous line drawing in pink neon on a black background
Day 91 - Charcoal line drawing portrait with enlarged features
Day 91 - Charcoal line drawing portrait with enlarged features
Day 92 - Monotone digital portrait drawing made with ovals
Day 92 - Monotone digital portrait drawing made with ovals
Day 93 - Monotone digital portrait drawing made with filled transparent ovals
Day 93 - Monotone digital portrait drawing made with filled transparent ovals
Day 94 - Limited palette digital portrait drawing made with filled transparent ovals
Day 94 - Limited palette digital portrait drawing made with filled transparent ovals
Day 95 - Mirror image graphite portrait drawing
Day 95 - Mirror image graphite portrait drawing
Day 96 - Promarker portrait with a blue collar on promarker paper
Day 96 - Promarker portrait with a blue collar on promarker paper
Day 97 - Limited palette promarker portrait with distinct bold marks
Day 97 - Limited palette promarker portrait with distinct bold marks
Day 98 - Green and purple coloured pencil portrait drawing
Day 98 - Green and purple coloured pencil portrait drawing
Day 99 - Small charcoal portrait drawing
Day 99 - Small charcoal portrait drawing
Day 100 - Charcoal portrait drawing
Day 100 - Charcoal portrait drawing