View Full Version : The Brim of My Hat - (Done?)

09-17-2014, 05:22 PM
I completed this in about 6 hours. That is, I THINK it's complete. I loved the lighting in this image. The reference is from Flickr, but I have not received the OK to use it, so it will remain NFS until I do!

"El Dia de Los Muertos", for those not familiar with it is a holiday in Mexico. It translates to "Day of the Dead". Families get together to commemorate those that have passed. Some people wear costumes and make up to make their faces look like skulls ("calaveras").

This is 8x10, used the scalpel only, and LOTS of ink washes to tone down the area of his eye. Given the image/subject matter, I wanted to do this using a very loose cross-hatching technique. I wasn't going for smooth skin. I need to let loose once in a while.


09-17-2014, 06:50 PM
As I look at it more, this is suffering from 'floating head and orbiting ear' syndrome. I'll fix that...

09-17-2014, 08:15 PM
I think this works better. Any comments or suggestions?


09-18-2014, 01:30 AM
Yeah, that fix of the orbiting ear/floating head worked well!

I like this very much, Hector - it has a great mood. And I'm impressed with what you accomplished in about 6 hours

The nose looks like it's a little isolated from the face. I think it's the hard edge on our right - but maybe it's painted all black in DOD tradition?

09-18-2014, 01:43 AM
Hi Ann, yes the nose in painted black. Thanks for the compliments!

09-18-2014, 02:30 AM
Yes, I like the fix better as well. The piece is awesome...that nose definitely looks like it's painted black. Well done!

09-18-2014, 05:08 AM
Oh man, this is superb! It suits your style well but it is simply awesome!!

09-18-2014, 08:05 AM
The face and black paint is fascinating (Michigan for me - not many DOD traditions around) but the eye is what really draws me in. Beautiful job on this.

09-18-2014, 09:35 AM
Lorna, glad the fix was a good idea. I wasn't happy with the first version. Thank you.

Patrick, it's good to see you more active on this board. Thanks.

Sande, thank you. The scan is a little dark. I'll take a better photo and post that in a couple of days.

09-18-2014, 10:30 AM
Hector.... Once again, you have found the perfect subject to do on SB. And Man-O-Man did you kill on the scratching. Lol @ " floating Ear Syndrome". Ha!

09-18-2014, 11:57 AM
Love it, and liked it either way...my imagination filled in the floating syndrome.

09-18-2014, 03:47 PM
Hector, once again you've grabbed my heart. We always honor Day of the Dead here in October, but this has more Life than anything I've seen. I agree with Sande: that eye captures and draws you right in. I sure wish you lived in Texas!

09-18-2014, 07:01 PM
This is so good and so original Hector. Love the revised version as well

09-18-2014, 08:43 PM
The subject matter is interesting, and the light takes it to another level. I really like how it turned out.

09-19-2014, 01:00 AM
Great light and perfect for your style!

09-19-2014, 07:46 AM
Classic Hector... loved the "fix". Love the work!

09-19-2014, 12:23 PM
Exquisitely done.

Harry Seymour
09-24-2014, 08:09 PM
Well done Hector.