Tuesday, August 02, 2011
Grisaille portrait update
I haven't had a lot of time this week to do much painting. House guests and still not feeling 100% with this cold, limits what I can achieve. However, I do a few minutes here and there and it builds over time.
I'm adjusting shapes as I go, especially the hair, trying to get the curlers in the right place then block in the values. The face is more or less as I want it, with more shading to be glazed to intensify the shadows. I did wipe and redo the eyes several times before I was satisfied with them. Most likely because I didn't do a drawing on the canvas first, instead went straight in with a brush and drew loosely from there. I need to follow my own advice. It saves time.
There's something about monotone images that brings me back in time. The sepia tones are the trigger and the sense of painting as it was done hundreds of years ago. Traditions are steeped in time and never lost.