Friday, November 26, 2010

Drawings & Underpaintings

12 x 16 in. Oil on linen. 2010

"Bianca from Old Navy" 11 x 14 in. Graphite on Linen. 2010

Here's a look at how I start my portait paintings in oil. My first step is to do a small sketch of a portrait then blow it up on Photoshop and transfer the drawing onto my painting surface. Then I'll go ahead and do a Burnt Umber underpainting to establish my values. Doing this makes painting with a full color palette easier because my values have been established. The only thing that's left is changing the temperature of the girls' faces wherever necessary. It's also my first time experimenting with linen. We'll see how that goes... Ahhhh!!!

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