Sunday, November 16, 2008
Oils SP update
I've been fighting with this oil self portrait, but its starting to come together a little now. The eyes, oh the eyes...they're still not right, but I'm working on it. I think I've discovered a whole new set of Anglo Saxon phrases while doing this. I need to tweak some things, such as the hairline which is too high and to adjust the values of the lips. I haven't done much to the hand yet so its like a big blob there right now.
Getting a decent image of this is proving difficult too. If I turn on lights, it yellows, if I leave them off, it washes out. If I use flash, the wet paint just reflects the light. I haven't tweaked these photos, its natural light, or as best as it gets on an overcast November day.
I know what I have to do with this and progress is being made. Its just a little frustrating at times.
I'm taking part in a portrait swap at WetCanvas and have decided to work in charcoal for my contribution of my partner. At least for now. The drawing is going well and I do have four weeks to complete the piece before its shipped off, so I may have time to tackle a painting if I'm feeling especially brave.