So many marvellous portraits on here this month! Bravo to you all!
-- that's lovely, esp. as it's in acrylic, which I find impossible to do portraits with.
-- I'm so pleased to see that wonderful portrait of your granddaughter again.
-- I can certainly relate to wanting more time to capture something you see in your portrait model, but this one has a wonderful mood and character. Also, the warm colours make me feel like it's a hot summer day.
-- Once more it's been a pleasure to watch your process with a SP. This one has turned out beautifully!
The portrait of the lad is sweet -- love the face, arms and hands, but am having problems with the bottom part of his body, which appears to me to be too short; as if the torso should be longer. Could be the pose; perhaps he is somewhat scrunched up?
-- this is lovely!
I love the palette, the strokes. Even hard to tell it's digital. I too would love to see more of your work!
-- You've captured her expression well here, and the proportions are right-on.
I'd like to see more depth in the palette. Perhaps one of our pastel artists on here can advise. You are doing a great job!
Well, after a month off, our Wednesday morning portraiture workshop started up again. Our model is Lewis, a charming retired Italian doctor who does body-building and is also learning Japanese (on top of the 5 languages he already speaks). Here are some WIP shots over the morning. 10" x 14"
First, I sketched with conte pencil on the canvas board:
As I forgot to bring along any palette knives, which I use to mix my colours on my palette, I had to mix with my brushes. I only used paint and medium (Graham Walnut Oil- Alkyd Medium), and cleaned my brushes with safflower oil -- no solvents! I usually use a bit of Gamsol to kind of "wash in" the base coat. Didn't do that this time.
Here is where I was after the first hour:
After another hour, here is where I am now, at the end of the session. Photo isn't right-on with the colour, though I did try to correct in Photoshop.