Portrait Demo at Blick Art Materials

Yesterday I had the pleasure of giving a 4 hour demo at Blick Art Materials in Kabsas City! Here are some progress shots with some thoughts on my process. 

Lacey Lewis painting a portrait at Blick Art Materials

Lacey Lewis painting a portrait at Blick Art Materials

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My palette is a semi-organized thing. I lay out my colors separating cool from warm, progressing through the hues of the rainbow and from light to dark.

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I mix across the palette to create lower chroma flesh tones.

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After making a basic sketch in charcoal, I started by laying in a background color, against which I can judge all subsequent mixtures. 

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Next I blocked in the darkest shapes, simplifying everything to one basic tone on the shadow side of her face.

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On the light side I included more variety in hue than I did on the shadow side, and started to add in smaller shapes like the eyes. This looked pretty weird with no mouth included!

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Once everything was basically blocked in, I started to include more accurate plane shifts, varying tones in more subtle mixtures. I simultaneously adjusted the drawing as I went along.

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The eyes and nostrils were of the last parts to be clarified in the painting, because they are the smallest parts of the face. I wanted to be sure of the overall placement before including such small details.

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The finished sketch, after a little more work on the hair and clothing. :-)