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Sunday, July 20, 2008

Portrait of M - Value Study

For this portrait commission, I'm starting with the value study (12 x 18)to ensure the elements are balanced and all lead to the foacl point even though there is a lot going on. There are two curving diagonals, light and dark, and lots of repeating shapes. Most of the painting will be built around the middle values, with the book drawing your eye up to the face, and the hair as the darkest value. The bench legs in the corners make a nice stable triangle with the top of the head. To keep a quiet feeling, I'll build over a warm underpainting in the final version, working in translucent and opaque layers. So much fun! Baby flesh is touchy because you want to keep it soft and plump looking, glowing.
Of course he is deeply, deeply cute.

4 comments:

Peggi Habets Studio said...

Lisa,
Nice value study. The composition could have been very busy, but you simplified enough to keep it together. I look forward to seeing the portrait progress.

Deb Kirkeeide said...

This is really very lovely, even just as is. I just spent some time looking through your other posts. Wonderful work.

Christine Bray said...

Wonderful. The composition is just perfect! I love this.

A Reason to Paint said...

What an adorable composition!