Just draw for a while.
Oil on canvas 10×12. 2 hours.
My friend Al, a decorated Vietnam War Vet wore his full dress uniform and modeled for us at the Art League.
2 Hours. Oil on plastic coated canvas. Zorn pallete.
Someone at the workshop asked me why I used a Zorn pallete, which is a limited pallete mixed from Zinc white, yellow ochre, alizarine Crimson and Lamp black. Its because oil painting is like a 3 ring circus. It’s a lot of technical stuff to manage while still trying to capture a likeness.
It’s like trying to tie your shoes while you are in a 100 yard dash.
Another 20 min paint sketch which I worked back into the next day using the same Zorn Pallet.
14×17″ Charcoal from last night at the Art League
Very similar stages of completion but after a nights sleep and about 15 more minutes of work, the one on the right looks far better.
The one on the left is how I stopped with the model last night at 8pm.
I thought it was finished but when I looked this am with fresh eyes I saw some issues I needed to address.
- Jaw too low where it meets the chin, decrease the jowl and strengthen jaw line
- Too much highlight on cheek and forehead. Shade and tighten up/define highlights
- Eye too dark. Highlight and define.
- Separate head outline from background and darken head shadow on shoulder to make the head “pop out”.
12×14-Pastel on Srath 400, 1.5hrs
The ipad is a good tool for getting your 8 year old daughter to sit still for a portrait.