|I started with a charcoal drawing. You can see that I don't always get an exact likeness|
especially in my first drawing. The likeness comes as I develop it more and more.
|Next I started laying in color, darks first. |
It is very important to be able to get a likeness
and even more to convey the essence of
the person and not just to strive to be a copyist.
|It is this stage that feels most like Kindergarten. It is a messy stage, |
one of my teachers called it the 'burn victim stage'.
|You often find warm, pink tones through the mid section of the face|
in ears, cheeks and around nose. Often where shadow & light meet
is a warm glowy color, like down the bridge of nose.
|Looking for cool tones in the shadows especially. |
Not too much or it will look like a bruise.
|I often see cool tones around the mouth, not usually IN the mouth, |
as that tends to make your subject look oxygen deprived.
The inside of the mouth is almost always a WARM color.
|Adding more color after I smoothed the skintones|
|Cleaning up with a kneaded eraser and washing my hands often|
in order not to muddy up colors.
|Brightening up skin tones and continuing to smooth|