I love doing portraits. I finished this one last night and delivered it this morning. The subject is a woman who died two weeks ago.
You’ll see my technique — I first look for shapes of values or colors and draw them in. Next I fill in the darkest values, then I do the lightest ones. Finally I fill in the medium values. The shadows around her eyes, the area under her nose and bottom lip and chin are the darkest. Note the area above her eyebrow, along her cheek and the edge of the nose. This is where the lightest values are. The rest of the face is medium. This technique gives the face volume. It doesn’t appear flat on the canvas.