Thursday, April 21, 2011
"do i still have my wallet?": continuing progress
at this point i turned my attention to the seated fellow's face. as usual for me i started with the underplane of the nose with a combo of ultramarine blue and burnt umber and drew it up and over the rest of the nose using a clean, damp brush being careful to preserve the highlight over the nostril (sort of....almost...ok, not so much...i will probably have to scape it in later.). i switched to a #2 round for this to get a modicum of control over these important splotches of paint. the eye socket was done with the same colors and per the lessons i learned in doing the rembrandt portraits i started blending the face with the dark window background right away using the same colors as the left window. i carried the left (our right) socket wash down lateral to the nose and then out laterally under the zygoma and feathered the edges with a damp brush. the upper lip was done with burnt umber and alizarin crimson with a bit of it drawn out on the lower lip to give it just a blush of color. the shadow under the lower lip was started with ultramarine blue and blended into the burnt umber for the rest of this shape as it traveled laterally over the jaw line and neck. i substituted the burnt umber for the burnt sienna on the forehead wash. the hair was painted with ivory black and cerulean blue. it is important to lose some of the edge of the hair with the face in order to prevent it from looking wig-like and i intend to do this at the temple where the hair is usually thinnest (at least it is on this gentleman).
in this step i added the shadow to the trousers of the walking figure and finished the hair on the seated guy, added the background behind his head to get some tie-in, and fixed the shadow on the forehead of walking-man (w-m) so it wasn't so abrupt and more closely approximated the reference photo. i put a blush of flesh color on the w-m's hand reaching into his back pocket and straightened out some details with his jacket in the same vicinity. by now i had decided that slavishly copying the color of the w-m's jacket was not what this painting needed and i wish i hadn't put that wash of cobalt blue over the shoulder and arm. i think it wound be much better if it were a lighter value and will think on this overnight. i may have to lift out the shoulder area but i don't think that will be a major problem. last but not least, i noticed that i had run over the edge of the window molding at the back of seated guy's (sg) with the dark background color. i will have to lift this out before applying the paint for the molding. since i used mineral violet in at least a small area here that may not work too well. we'll see. that's it for today. spot y'all later.