Saturday, April 17, 2010

Facepaint - complete



I've added the final layers and the 'icing' to this piece.   What is icing?  Its those lovely little touches that bring a piece to life.  A subtle highlight on a lip or nose.  The change in light as it strikes a curve of the hair; the catchlight in a eye.  All these are the 'icing' for a painting.  They push the piece over into a different place and breathe more life into it.



After the icing there's no going back.  All you should see in front of you is a stop sign.  A rest from view, then a closer inspection in a few days to see if there are any glaring problems.  Touch ups or not then it joins the pieces of history.

9 comments:

Cathyann said...

Magnificent, Jeanette. I very much enjoyed the development of this captivating portrait!

Diahn said...

Fantastic finish, Jeanette - I think this is one of my favorites - I love every thing about it...especially the icing bits... :)

RHCarpenter said...

WOW!

Billie Crain said...

You did an especially great job on the eyes. They're absolutely haunting...or accusing. I can't be sure. Very well done!

Jonathan Manning said...

I just think this is beautiful!

Jennifer Rose said...

love the blues :D well done!

Jeanette said...

Thanks for watching Cathyann.

Icing is always the best Diahn. :)

Glad you like it Rhonda.

I love painting or drawing eyes Billie. They can make or break a piece.

Thanks Blade, its unique that's for sure.

I could have done more with the hair/wig Jennifer,but figured I'd leave it loose. All that blue dominates and adds to the painting.

Susan Liles said...

Great job on the face and eyes! Love it!

Maree said...

Great painting Jeanette, and congratulations for it being featured on TAD! I tried to leave a comment there but don't know if it went through.