Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Final image

After some very helpful feedback from a couple of very accomplished and trusted artists, I made the decision (after the last posting) to remove one of the locks of hair over the forehead. I like it much more now and it is drying ready for the varnishing next week.

I know that it is very controvertial to varnish this early and usually you need to wait 6 - 12 months but I  need the painting to be ready for a show in Dec. It won't be sold but rather given to the person in the painting so if there is issues with condition I can fix it in the future. Gamblin (maker of Gamvar) says that you can varnish as soon as it is very dry to touch.

So here is the painting but just understand that right now it is very hard to get a good image. Some of the paint is very reflective and some is matt. I'm hoping that once varnished it is easier to get a better photo.

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

It's Finished!

It's finished. At least enough that I signed it. I might see a few touch ups in the next day or two but I'm satisfied with it. Now I just have to get a good photo of it.

Monday, November 6, 2017

Step 23 Getting close to the finish

I put in a lot of work yesterday and today. I finished the eyes, corrected and finished the glasses, finished the eyebrows, started blocking in the hair, worked on the mouth, and started the mustache and beard. The only things left to finish are the hair and beard areas. Then I have to start the search for corrections and get them done. I need to finish it in the next couple of days so it will dry by the end of the month and I can varnish. It has to be delivered for the show by Dec 3 and the varnish will also have to be dry. It is not the best I can do but it is the best I can do with the deadline I have. My next oil painting will be better.

I'll show you the whole painting where it is right now and also a closeup of the head so you can see what I have left to do.

Saturday, November 4, 2017

Step 22

I was working all over the face again today. Not so much the skin tones but the eyes, hair, ear, and shadows. I am going to leave the skin tones basically how they are. I want this to be a painting, not a photo. Next is more work on the hair, beard, eyebrows, and the glasses frames and reflections. Once those are done I can look over the whole painting to see where the errors are and start corrections.

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Step 21

Today I worked all over the face again correcting skin tones and volues. I adjusted the pupils and irises in the eyes. I corrected the hairline, and started putting in the beard, eyebrows and mustache. I also worked on the teeth and lips. I still have to start the glasses frames on one eye and correct the glasses and reflections all over.