I'm preparing to paint an oil portrait of Kirk, 20-year-old son of a friend. He's at that great age where he has a lot of freedom...trying to find his place in the world...not yet a cog in the machine. I want that to come across in the final image.
|Kirk in Youth, 16x12", charcoal and white chalk on Strathmore 400 toned paper.|
This step familiarizes me with all the subtle shadows, shapes, and edges...so when I get to the real thing it goes down much easier. I strategize how to use those subtle features to make the big image more interesting.
As you can see, I'm having trouble with the closest forearm and hand. The anatomy and value are wrong and the hand is too big. Cover them and the whole drawing looks better. I will do some studies to work it out.
After that comes a small color sketch, to work through the color palette and make any final changes before the big painting.