PORTRAIT in progress: AMAZON PARROT

STAGE 1

Client's photograph. Several different poses are useful, to get a feel for the subject.

STAGE 2

A quick pencil sketch to determine light and shade. This helps when discussing framing ratios with the client.

STAGE 3

After transferring the image onto canvas, a thin wash of burnt umber creates a mid-range tone.

STAGE 4

Heavily-thinned with turpentine, basic oil colour is worked onto the canvas to form the underpainting. 

STAGE 5

Thicker oil paint is laid on to develop form and enrich colours.

STAGE 6

Detailed work begins on the face.

STAGE 7

Work on the form. The feathers begin to appear.


PORTRAIT IN PROGRESS: JANET S

STAGE 1

The client sends in a photograph - ideally several photographs, so poses can be combined.

STAGE 2

The image is sketched onto canvas using pencil and later filled in with indelible marker.

STAGE 3

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.

STAGE 4

The basic highlights are added to help establish the tonal range before the application of colour.

STAGE 5

Adding in the shadows.

STAGE 6

And now to add some colour.

STAGE 7

Beginning to work on the face. 

STAGE 8

Colour and tone coming together, with more texture to the brushstrokes. But it still needs finishing details, glazes to enrich the colour, and varnishing. 

STAGE 9

Detailed work begins on the face. Tones are deepened.