Pattern. Face after face. Follows a pattern, a formula. Actually it is more like a guideline. First to learn then to forget. I didn’t get that when I was learning it. How was I supposed to forget? The eyes to be centered from the top of the head to the chin and so on. I’m taking it into account but it’s not such a conscious decision anymore, more a part of the background conversation. I remember talking to myself while positioning his ears though.
Today, thanks to Ed Terpening, I saw a video demo of Peggi Kroll-Roberts showing her guidelines for these patterns. It refreshed my memory and I realised that I need to allow for more space below the nose upto the chin :D.
You can see more videos, read about this workshop and see Ed’s beautiful paintings on his blog.
Work in progress 12″ X 16″ Acrylic on Canvas