Tuesday, December 15, 2009
Time for a quick portrait update inbetween turkey sales.
I'm still building layers on this piece and its starting to get some depth now. The pointillistic approach that I have taken for the last few portraits seems to give more life to the skin tones. Except in the very young, there is rarely a smooth tone to the skin. Colour variances and shading show the bluish thinner layer of skin over bony areas, while areas with more flesh have pinker tones to them.
I'm still struggling with decisions over a background. Inspiration isn't happening on this one. I have ideas rolling around but nothing is gelling right now. Technically I should have completed the background first, as it will likely change the values in the portrait. However, I'll deal with that when the time comes.