Hooray! This buff little guy has a face now! He was the first figure I painted in, you might remember, and I got to his face and made a few attempts at it but didn’t know what direction to take with all their faces. So I moved on from him. Now I’ve come back and put his face together. He’s cute, he has a baby face and a football players body. I decided to paint their faces in all the way, pretty tight. I didn’t know if I would like the tight painting of their faces in contrast to the loose big strokes of the sand, grass, water, hills. But I love it. The figures are starting to sit right in their space. When I paint in a face I first measure where the features will go, with my divider/compass (I think it’s a divider because it’s pointy on both sides) and I mark where the eyes, nose, ear, hairline, and corners of mouth go. At that stage the portrait is pretty terrible looking and I ALWAYS have a moment or two of self doubt. But then I put in the darks (which makes it look worse), the medium tone, and the light. I use 3 values to start. Then I take a picture of my painted image and a photo of the photo I’m using (so both are the same size) and I flip back and forth between the two on my phone and make adjustments. What needs to be changed becomes pretty obvious that way. I look at faces as shapes and values. Whew. I have 2 more faces to work out. They all have faces but I’ve found it takes two passes to get them looking the way I want.
I hope I’m not boring you all posting the same painting in parts. It’s one that has a lot to it.
I love the “heat” on those 2 girls, the one in purple and blue. And look at her little foot and the clam in her hand. It’s nice when I can look back and enjoy things I’ve painted, it’s not always that way.
Thanks for looking!