An actual painting!

14 01 2014
Systems 3 paper for acrylic - pretty nice!

Systems 3 paper for acrylic – pretty nice!

So I’d taken this selfie (I know, what a stupid word…and yet, here I am, using it) because of the lighting and thought it would make a great quick sketch painting. Basic colors, little blending. And then, as always, I got carried away. But I’m very proud, because I finally managed to document the whole thing with photos! Here’s an illustrated look at the progress steps I tend to follow:

Pencil sketch- half the time I skip this or use watery paint instead, but for a portrait with a complex object obscuring the face, it's best to do so for spatial planning.

Pencil sketch- half the time I skip this or use watery paint instead, but for a portrait with a complex object obscuring the face, it’s best to do so for spatial planning.

Under painting- mostly a wash

Under painting- mostly a wash

Underpainting is also a way of building layers of color. Look - only a bit of brown added and such a difference from the previous pic.

Underpainting is also a way of building layers of color. Look – only a bit of brown added and such a difference from the previous pic.

Bit of darkness to start building the skin shadows.... for the entire painting, I used a blue, red, yellow, orange, white, and green. The shadows here are sort of a purple.

Bit of darkness to start building the skin shadows…. for the entire painting, I used a blue, red, yellow, orange, white, and green. The shadows here are sort of a purple.

More dark layers, colors...starts looking decent now

More dark layers, colors…starts looking decent now

Building with the blues...chose this pic because of the blues and yellows - unusual combination.

Building with the blues…chose this pic because of the blues and yellows – unusual combination.

Almost done. Near the end, changes look much less dramatic. I like to take a break for 10 minutes or so to give your vision a rest - sometimes you notice new things that need doing when you come back.

Almost done. Near the end, changes look much less dramatic. I like to take a break for 10 minutes or so to give your vision a rest – sometimes you notice new things that need doing when you come back.

Ta da!!

Ta da!!

I spent just under 2 hours in all. If you’re in an artistic rut, I def recommend playing around with self portraits (unless you’re in art school, because self portraits and skeletons are all you get to do, so you’re probably sick of them) – no one to impress, so you have a lot of creative license.

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