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.
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.
I mix across the palette to create lower chroma flesh tones.
After making a basic sketch in charcoal, I started by laying in a background color, against which I can judge all subsequent mixtures.
Next I blocked in the darkest shapes, simplifying everything to one basic tone on the shadow side of her face.
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!
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.
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.
The finished sketch, after a little more work on the hair and clothing. :-)