Sophia\'s portrait at 5 hours
This is a small portrait at 6" x 8". The colors I used differently from my usual palette are specifically Winsor Newton Cobalt Violet and Cadmium Yellow Medium. Those colors neutralize each other to the extent that they are on roughly opposite sides of the color wheel. The hair in shadow is done using only those two colors! Normally I would have played with burnt sienna and yellow ochre and burnt and raw umber. This was like finding a shortcut. The same combinations used here and there throughout the painting help give a harmonic tonal and color uniformity, and in this case the violet and yellow can be used easily in the flesh tones, especially shadow regions. A little Cerulean Blue and/ or Chromium Oxide Green will cool it down here and there where necessary. Well here it is at 5 hours.
8/30/2009 11:21:11 pm
I love the way this portrait develops - thank you for sharing it! This first image is already so well developed, next time I'd love to see even earlier images to get a better idea of how you begin.
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