Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Portrait update



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.

8 comments:

"JeanneG" said...

I like the way this one is looking.

A Brush with Color said...

I love it! It's looking wonderful--and the subtle color changes are entrancing.

Jeanette said...

Thanks Jeanne.

I'm glad you like it Chris. Thanks.

Teresa Mallen said...

Fabulous Jeanette! Love the skin tones, the expression in his eyes and what a great job on his glasses!!

Gary said...

Oh this one is perfect - you gotta feel good about this one!

Jeanette said...

Thanks Teresa. The skin tones are doing what I want them to do. I'm still working on the glasses, but they're behaving as well - touch wood!

Gary, yes I like what's there so far. I need a background and am still working that out. Slowly I'm getting there.

Felicity said...

Exquisite work! Just wanted to pop over and say how much I'm enjoying following the progress.

Jeanette said...

Thank you Felicity, I'm glad you dropped by.