When I was a little girl, I drew people. As I grew older, in elementary school and then later in junior high and high school, all I ever wanted to do was draw or paint people. Even though I have since expanded my subject matter, when I have the opportunity to draw or paint a person or group of people, I feel like I have gone back to my first passion. Portraiture.
20x16, Oil on canvas
Rita Salazar Dickerson (c)2014
|Stage 2: Blocking in the colors of the face. With a #8, filbert brush, I began placing all the major color shapes on her face. At this point I did not worry about blending yet.|
|Stage 3: Completing the face. Once I have all the main colors down, I blend and add more color as needed. At this point, I also painted in the front part of her hair so that working with the edges where the hair meets her face would be easier.|
|Stage 4: Completing her hair and headband.|
|Stage 5: Painting the background. With this very simple composition I thought it would be fun to add a little interest to the background by using large, dramatic strokes of thick paint.|
|Stage 6: Blocking in the coat. When blocking in the shape of this coat, I focused on the lights and darks.|