Re: Making "Larry" look like Larry
Hi Atlee, hi folks
I've been away from this site for quite some time, work related issues and a major overhaul of the house as well. Now I can pop in and am so glad to find one of your wonderful portraits. On likeness, to put in my two cents worth, I agree that one characteristic feature goes a long way. Caricaturists rely on it. The grin or smile IS predominant and as such important to likeness. I would not exclude the eyes though, here they don't predominate as you see not much of it but the fact that when smiling they turn slitlike is characteristic in itself, assuming one knows Larry. Without seeing a photo of him its difficult to judge if its a likeness. But knowing Atlee's work, you can take it to the bank that it does.
For me, I cling to getting the proportions and then painting the shadow plane shapes as accurately as possible. Often likeness follows, not always but that would be my shortcoming. Just a personal opinion. Still got a ways to go after I shake of the rust :-)
Great painting as always Atlee. Big hand here (forgot where to get the emoticons!)