What started me off here was seeing a portrait with a red background
and being instantly intrigued. Such a strong color for a background!
This one was done slowly over a few days, so I remembered to get wips for it. First I had to play around in my sketchbook to come up with my subject:
I prefer to avoid graphite in OP's, so the sketch on the Arches oil paper (9x16) is with soft pastel pencil:
Did the background first - Cray Pas Specialist venetian red, smoothed out with Turpenoid, then added another layer of the red and blended in some Mungyo Soft Gallery carmine, and some black. I've not used my Specialists much and they blended well with both the Turp and the Mungyos. Yay!
Worked from the top down at that point, so the hat was next:
I made the mistake of penciling in those pupils at the start, and they were starting to freak me out a little by then.
Skin tone was Neopastel beige and Senns luminous yellow, blended, and Senns rose ochre for the mouth and in the cheeks:
I used Marshall's photo oil pencils for facial and other tiny details.
The final product:
Not a lot of color imagination here: green over red.
But I had fun working on this one since I don't do a lot of people and always struggle. All C&C welcomed and appreciated. Thanks for looking!