This painting was done in Painter IX (no cloning-I don't like cloning, no previous sketching - as I usually do- since I wanted to keep a loose feel to it.) I painted it by just looking at the reference as if the model was sitting in front of me. The result is what spoke to me at the time of painting him.
About 3 hours to complete.
I started with some loose linear marks just to get the feel of his features. I used a custom bursh named Big Wet Lucious from Jeremy Sutton.
After finishing the linear marks, I started to fill in big areas with the palette knife with very low opacity. At this point, I tried to block in the lights and shadow shapes.
Here, I used the Coarse Distorto brush to move paint around and add some more paint at the same time.
In this stage, I used, from the Digital Watercolor, the Soft Diffuse brush to darken with color the shadow areas of the painting, especially the skin tone.
After finishing with the Digital Watercolor brush, I went back to the Dirstorto brush to define the eyes by moving paint around and adding some paint at the same time. To accomplish this, I set the brush to a small size with some opacity, about 20-30% to be able to add paint also.
In this almost final stage, I kept adding more paint defining stronger shadows and some accent colors, like the light blue on his hair to match his suit to balance the composition.
This final state was to finish detailing the eyes and cheen, and to sign the painting. So here is the result! Hope you like it. Any C&C welcomed, as always.
This is a detailed shot of the painting: