I had another model here with me today, a beautiful young woman.
Here is the result:
High Resolution: http://dustonpaper.smugmug.com/Art/P...b4Z7C&lb=1&s=O
(loads slow, no need to click on it, just posting it in case the brushwork is to be scrutinized).
High Resolution: http://dustonpaper.smugmug.com/Art/P...2fk56&lb=1&s=O
Working time was about 3 1/2 to 4 hours. It was a daylight setup and I found the shadows more complicated than the two artificial light setups I painted yesterday and last week.
I am very happy with the likeness this time. I asked the model after we finished if she does recognize herself and she said it was "creepy", which I took as a big compliment. Since the model can see the canvas in my webcam/monitor I recognized with all three models the "what the heck is he smearing around there" look. It is immensely pleasing if after the finish the model likes the result and hopefully does not feel the time was wasted. It never is waisted time for me to learn ... but I also want to make sure the model has a good time and feels comfortable and all. I think that is a thing a wannabe portrait painter should always keep in mind. With the model not feeling well I doubt good work can come out.
Since I'm at it and had daylight to make a photograph, here are all three portrait studies from last and this weekend in chronological order from left to right:
I am not sure if there is growth in the results, but no doubt I am learning a lot these days. I know I really should draw more in simple mediums, but I just cannot help it.
My main guide through learning to paint, apart from the masters at wetcanvas and a few books and videos, are usually quotes by the masters of times gone by that I admire and for now it is Rembrandt who said: "Try to put well in practice what you already know; and in so doing, you will in good time, discover the hidden things which you now inquire about. Practice what you know, and it will help to make clear what now you do not know." ... I hope good ole Rembrandt was right and I will get somewhere. Right now I am more happy than ever with my output, but I do know this is just the start of real learning.
C&C of course always very welcome.