Darius - thank you very much, glad you like it. In the past days I tried to paint relatively tight. In the long run I mill try to lose up again. But I recognized that painting/drawing lose without having the ability to paint tight does not work so well for me.
Ken - indeed, practice is all. I am convinced that there is not much to what is called "talent". Painting is not like for example singing or basketball ... you do not need to be blessed with a nice voice or be 2 meters tall. All one needs is determination and practice and a few instructions, be it from real life teachers or books and videos. I'm convinced everybody who really wants to learn painting can do so. I will try to include your tip about values next time, thanks a lot.
John - thank you .... I find flesh tomes quite hard, especially those in the shadows which I'm not too happy yet. I guess that the main problem is not only the color, but also to judge values better. I must draw more to get that better and then introduce color. But the last days I just wanted to see how the oils come out after I did mainly drawings over the past weeks.
Today's portrait is the last of this long weekend series. 5 days since Friday evening nothing but painting, cleaning tools, eating and sleeping. That's how I like it. Tomorrow dayjob again
30x40 cm. It is not finished, I knew before that I did not have the time I would need (I'm still very slow), so I concentrated on the face and left the rest. These are all practice studies, so I do not mind if parts are unfinished ... I do not touch them up after the model leaves, my visual memory is not yet developed enough to do that (I'm sure experienced painters can fix stuff from memory after the model left).
The model is of russian origin and has quite unique features, high cheekbones and a very short distance between nose tip and upper lip I think. Her eyebrows were tattooed it looked like razor sharp they were. I'm quite happy with the likeness ... the glasses were tough, but fun to paint ... they also allow a bit of cheating at the eye area
I need to get some more backdrops and think about other way to light the model to get more variation for the practice.
C&C always welcome.