I’ve had a good two months working on the MoM Amedeo Modigliani project over at WetCanvas!. The main painting will be completed later in the month as I’ve signed up for the 3rd Annual Portrait Swap Project.
The process – all participants were paired by the moderator on Nov 1st. We then exchanged a head and shoulder photo with our partners. Work began immediately. At the end of 3 weeks the finished Portraits will be swapped.
My partner is an experienced artist. You can see my portrait beautifully finished in the thread and I’m really looking forward to hanging it up on my wall. I’m thrilled to have this opportunity to participate and learn.
As in the Project Modigliani post I’ll keep updating this post with the date and progress. I welcome your comments and suggestions.
Nov 6 : get familiar pen sketch. having spent the last couple of weeks doing digital art i felt that i needed to start something by hand.
Nov 7 : following a process shown in a demo by dsimons and followed by my partner for this project. initial drawing with burnt sienna and wiping out the highlights. the face has become larger than the rough composition sketch that I had made on a square piece of paper.
Nov 8 : made several corrections. at the end the chin was on the bottom edge of the canvas and certainly not what I had planned on. I will be wiping it off and starting again.
Nov 9 : new start. still not as small as I would’ve liked. more work on it tomorrow
Nov 12 : defining the features. trying for a likeness. need to work more on making the portrait look less harsh. after a few more minor changes i plan to start adding color from tomorrow.
Nov 13 : got very good advice ( see comments ) from Bob Martin and have now reduced the difference in values between the two sides of the face. added some color. still need to work on the features and try for a likeness. will make some more adjustments before adding more color.
Nov 14 : added some color and continuing to make minor changes but i’m just not getting it so far. always the optimist, I’m hoping that tomorrow when i go back to look at it the errors will shout out to me. 😀
Nov 16 : made some changes. i’m thinking of another 2 sessions to finish. the effect is much smoother that i would like. it’s either painting with a big brush or getting some level of likeness with smaller ones and i’ve choosen the later. since taking the photo i’ve moved the right eyebrow down further.
Nov 20 : I’ve lost the expression in her eyes but moved a few steps closer in getting a likeness and increased the contrast between the two sides of the face. definitely more work required. comments and suggestions are very welcome. and i look forward to these especially when i’m stuck 😀
Nov 23 : Made changes to the eyes, chin and then tried to make the right side of the painting darker. It got a bit too dark. Wiping it off didnt help because of the canvas texture. The paint came off the dots and remained in the gaps in between.
Nov 28 : Took a break for a few days. Yesterday I painted over the darker side to lighten it. Today after some more paint I signed my name on it and I’m calling it done. I still havent got the likeness or the shade that I was looking for for the shadows but I’m happy with where this portrait has taken me. I’ve asked for and got great advice and encouragement from Bob Martin, Sangeeta, Lynn and other fellow WetCanvasers and have learnt a lot. Halfway through I was kicking my self for signing up but now at the end I’m really glad I participated.
The painting has been set aside to dry and will be mailed to Lynn in a weeks time. Mine is already winging its way to me and I’m looking forward to hanging it up on the wall.