PORTRAIT in progress: AMAZON PARROT
Client's photograph. Several different poses are useful, to get a feel for the subject.
A quick pencil sketch to determine light and shade. This helps when discussing framing ratios with the client.
After transferring the image onto canvas, a thin wash of burnt umber creates a mid-range tone.
Heavily-thinned with turpentine, basic oil colour is worked onto the canvas to form the underpainting.
Thicker oil paint is laid on to develop form and enrich colours.
Detailed work begins on the face.
Work on the form. The feathers begin to appear.
PORTRAIT IN PROGRESS: JANET S
The client sends in a photograph - ideally several photographs, so poses can be combined.
The image is sketched onto canvas using pencil and later filled in with indelible marker.
A thinned wash of oil paint is applied to the canvas to creat 'body tone'. In this case, the wash is burnt umber mixed with a little raw sienna.
The basic highlights are added to help establish the tonal range before the application of colour.
Adding in the shadows.
And now to add some colour.
Beginning to work on the face.
Colour and tone coming together, with more texture to the brushstrokes. But it still needs finishing details, glazes to enrich the colour, and varnishing.
Detailed work begins on the face. Tones are deepened.