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My Father the Model.

Oil sketch of my Dad, 12x12", oil on panel
Oil sketch of my Dad, 12x12

For anyone that has seen my work before, the man in the above oil sketch may look familiar… it’s my Dad.  The new session of my Thursday night portrait class is up and running.  The only problem that we ran into, was a previous commitment from our usual model for Thursday, September 25th.  That left me with a class of eager portrait painters, and no one to paint. 

As I have done many times in the past, I turned to my dad for help. And as he has done many times in the past, he was happy to lend a hand, or in this case, a head.  I suppose it is possible that I am a bit biased, but he one of the best models that I have worked with!

portrait class, painters in action.
portrait class, painters in action.portrait clss, painters in action
My set up
My set up

Here’s a look at my set up next the model himself.  I am working on a 12×12? panel.  I started by toning the panel with transparent red oxide.  I then went in with a neutral gray, and drew out the big shapes of the head. 

The next step way laying in the shadow, and building up the half tones.  Because of the orange tone left on the panel, I was able to leave some areas blank, and just let the tone show through.  I finally ended with the pinks and oranges that made up the lights of his face.

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