Back in November, I was working up a series of posts describing my portrait painting process, based on a portrait of my friend's son, Kirk. Today, I end the series with the fourth step...the final painting.
|Twenty (Portrait of Kirk), 24x18", oil on linen|
For commissioned portraits, I paint indirectly...building the painting up in layers, allowing each layer to dry before proceeding. It's easier to get a decent likeness imo (compared to direct painting), and it allows the creation of transparent flesh tones. I won't describe my actual method here, it would be very long-winded and boring. However, for your interest, I recommend Virgil Elliott's book "Traditional Oil Painting" (see chapter 6). The method I followed here was an approximation of the Venetian method.
To summarize, my 4-step portrait process includes the value study (top left), the color study (top right), the underpainting (bottom left) and the final painting (bottom right).
It is done................