I set myself the challenge to paint a figure, I have been avoiding the challenge I set myself for a while now, in fact the last figure I drew was at school ( over 25 years ago) although it went ok back then ( it did look like the model- at least I thought so) I really did not enjoy the experience, I found it stressful, in that there is a huge amount of pressure to create something that resembles someone you know. Plus teachers back then were very critical, and you were expected to do things in the style they required, not what you saw artistically.
so for my challenge I used a pose of someone I know ( photograph) I wanted a side on face, as I thought this would make it an easier step back into figure painting? ?? And lots of shadow and dark, which in hind sight was not a good choice, as I have not painted it as dark as the photo, so it was hard to see shape detail. Well we are always learning I guess.
I used my technique previously posted for the background, of watercolour and alcohol flicked in, with the addition of some gold paint ( a bit of bling)! I used the elegant writer for the outlines, plus pinks and watercolour in a mix of browns, and blue shades. Painted on 140 lb Langton cold pressed.
this has to be my biggest achievement this year, and I really enjoyed painting this one.