Beginnings

Between Sittings

underdrawing for portrait of Kalervo

I adjusted the underdrawing a little bit after hiding it for a day and using a mirror to help me spot the really wonky bits. It's not an anatomically exact drawing, but it gives me an idea of the proportions and features.

underpainting for portrait of Kalervo

After wiping off the excess charcoal and fixing the remaining shadowy lines to the canvas (with Wella hairspray, the only reason I have the stuff in the house), I put down a layer of Payne's Grey thinned out with Liquin. I prefer Gamblin's Galkyd Painting Medium, but it's not in distribution o'er here. *sigh* In fact, I would use all of the Gamblin products if they were available here .*hint hint, wink wink*

I would normally block in the shadows on the face with the first color layer, but the lighting is still unresolved as I will be painting in three different places (studio, model's home, and convention/fair hall). The background/backdrop is also undetermined as of yet.

Result of first sitting with Kalervo

Underdrawing of Kalervo portrait The first sitting for Kalervo's portrait went very well. I haven't had to draw a moving target in a while, and I worried that I wouldn't get anything legible on the canvas, but the conversation kept the situation fluid and relaxed. Kalervo brought his bearded collie, Pippuri (Pepper), with him and she behaved very politely sitting next to his chair in the studio. I usually use photographs for reference material while the model is unavailable, but Kalervo warmly encouraged me to come up with a portrait just through our sessions together, our conversation and my imagination. It will be an interesting process, and a refreshing challenge.

Here's Pippuri's chance to be a portrait subject (with Kalervo):

Pippuri and Kalervo

Blogging the art process

This is a new project (the blog, not the pictured painting) to help keep the creative process focused and generate new ideas. I guess what I really am looking for is constructive criticism and feedback, a place to bounce off ideas and possibly re-direct my work process... At the moment it feels like I’m trying to work in an input vacuum. Artists are trained to work alone in a field that is all about the subjective opinions of others.