I am soldiering on with my portraits, so I'll share a few recent ones with you. . .
Here is Carol. I am still painting in the same size but have flipped my canvas' into a vertical format.
This gives opportunity to try different compositions from what I have been working on in the horizontal. This one is pretty straight forward. I have placed Carol slightly off centre with pretty even light falling across most of her face.
I would describe this one as a high-key painting. The shadowed areas are pretty high value with plenty of reflected light bouncing into them.
I chose to introduce some low value areas on each side of her face in order to accentuate her left earring and balance the composition on her right side.
Torin is set up in artificial lighting because the outdoor lighting was too unreliable. I really do need a proper studio with plenty of north facing windows (whine, whine).
My subject was a very patient sitter, so I was able to get my head into the final painting early on. I wanted to introduce his hands as well as his casual posture. I think it all hangs together pretty well.
Steve was a good sport on this one. I really enjoyed working with him. His tats have great significance for him, so I wanted to make them a big part of this piece. I did have to respect the tattoo artist's copyright, so I kept things vague but recognizable to Steve.
The orange flesh hues are complimented by blue and violet/white in the background. This thing really "pops".