So here is my wicked awesome panel. I admit that before this I only used panel once and it was alla prima with no wash and it was very weird and confusing. This time I did a wash, then painted over it and I looooove it. Really I am so in love with this panel. I wonder if it comes bigger than this? Super sturdy, won’t bend. I put in the rough outline of where my painting will be. I need this because I want to make sure I can fit in what I want to say, and it helps me learn my painting well. The more I draw an image the more familiar I get with what the issues will be, the more I can look at them in the future and fix them in my final painting.
Check out my fresh palette. I use a piece of gray paper taped to some glass. Glass is easy to scrape but I have to change the paper now and then when I spill my linseed oil on it (being clumsy, this is more often than I would like to admit.)
Big sexy goops of colour!
So basically in this one, because I’m fully rendering it out, I am starting with just making sure there is paint all over the face. Faces are my favorite so I start with them. I want to make sure there aren’t blank spots, because when I go in with detailed rendering those can show or ruin my drawing. Ok, I ruin my drawing, but I am gonna blame it on the blank spots.
fill fill fill. Checking out some highlights. There’s a blank spot where the shadow on the nose meets the nose.
Just fleshing it out more, adding more detail. The chin I will rework next session.
Ok so this is my final for this session (session… 2 I guess because I did the underpainting but that took under 1 hour so I don’t know if it’s considered one.) Here you can see my reference. Yes it’s not quite there yet but it should be soon. I spent most of my time on the skin tones on the cheeks, which look good, but kinda ignored everything else.
I added the black black background in – I should have done it earlier as now the painting looks relatively light compared to the background. That’s ok, because I need to add a lot of work to it anyways, but I should have figured that out first. Normally I do and this time I was kinda hesitant because the dress is black. Why does that make a difference? I don’t know, probably just made an excuse because I was too wussy to use my cool giant paint brush.
The size of this is something by 24 I think – It is my largest canvas. I almost always do portraits on 12×16 so this is a big change for me. Most of this next series will be on larger canvases than I’m used to because they’re all figurative.
WELL that’s all. I hope I inspired or helped someone somewhere learn something about painting. Have a rad evening.