|Portrait of Kirk (color comp), 12x9", oil on linen|
I use color comps for all the following reasons:
- Work through the palette to be used in the painting
- Define the light patterns and color temperatures to produce convincing form
- Finalize the composition, background, edges
- Get a peek at how the painting will look framed, that makes a huge difference
- Plan the painting strategy (eg. layering and area sequences, transparent areas, etc.)
- Use as a constant value/color reference during completion of the big piece
- If something goes wrong on the big piece, test changes on the comp
For all these good reasons, I take the extra time to paint the color comp. I'm always a little surprised by how closely the final painting resembles it, so that comp needs to be right.
|Kirk color comp, framed|
From the framed color comp above, I see the need for more air around the subject. The current cropping makes him look boxed in. A small amount of extra room will fix that.
At this stage, I also work through other suspected issues. For example, Kirk's hands were not ideal. I picked the best references I had and worked up some value studies to think through the anatomy and value changes (below). The middle hand is not usable. I will go with the top and bottom hands. I like the active/passive contrast they provide.
|Kirk's hands, 17x14", charcoal on Strathmore 400 paper|