This study could be a portrait or self-portrait. Whichever you choose, the aim is to convey character trough facial expression.
Warming up in my sketch book, knowing it would be a self portrait …..
Using a mirror and acrylic, some five minute quickies……
Having done these it became apparent that to paint myself with a facial expression would be tricky and end in face-ache!! So I the decide to try and take some photos in the mirror.
Ha Ha….so that went well!!! Oh Dear!
Finally did get one or two to use. I decided I wanted to try for something different, I had been looking at the work of contemporary artist Andrew Salgado.
In his portraits the subjects interplay with the background. To varying degrees, they sometimes become completely immersed to a point where it is difficult to separate subject to ground. There are abstract elements to interacting with the figure..
The photo I finally chose to work from was….
Deciding the expression could be fed up or day dreaming…. I went for day dreaming.
I then took this picture into photoshop to see what would happen….
In this one I scribbled using the photoshop tools making a random background and added the picture in “Darken” mode
Here I chose an image from the internet and placed the photo on top in “overlay”
Trying to think through how to achieve this sort of thing in paint, I decided to paint a colourful background and allow it to show through the face.
Beginning with a pink and blue acrylic background, swirling the colours together on a very wet paper. I then faintly in which chalk added the approximate position of the face. Beginning with a quick painting of he face, using oil paint.
Here I left it to get some sleep, bit of an error as the paint obviously started to dry which ultimately meant I couldn’t get as much of it off again…. as I had planned.
Final painting, using a q-tip and white spirit I took out some of the colour and let the background show through.
I am very pleased with the final picture, I have remained loose in the painting and had fun with trying an different approach. I have enjoyed the oils, but for something like this there would need to be a little more planning, I left them too long for the wiping away process.
It would be interesting to try this sort of painting on a much larger scale as I feel you could get an even more free brush stroke.