Portrait Progression



On my blog of June 25th you see the beginning of a portrait from a demo in the class I teach.  In that one I taught the students to draw the face in, then the shapes of the values and colors.  I had them mix three values of skin color, dark, medium and light.  From there I had them paint in the values as they saw them on the model’s face.  You see the results in the picture on the left.

The painting on the right is from the next class when I took the portrait further.  I painted the iris of the eyes, the dark pupil, then a dot of white for a highlight.  That dot is what gives the painting life.  Next I worked on the color in the eyelids and lips.  At that point I brushed some hair color and red in the cheeks.

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July 12, 2009

Jennifer @ 10:18 am #

I thought the blog was very informative and helpful. It is amazing how a little color gives a painting life!

Christine Roach @ 11:20 am #

I like your explanation. You have a way of explaining how you do things that anyone can understand.

Margaret @ 1:14 pm #

Talk about bringing someone to life – great job, Tom! I really love what you did with the colors.

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