|The finished portrait of two lovely sisters. I took the reference
photos of them on a beautiful sunny day. I wanted the light
to cast interesting shadows but not have them squinting in the
sun so I faced them away.
|This is my basic line drawing on the velour with the background
blocked in. My line drawing serves as a basis from which I can
tweak small amounts and values as I go. I find I mostly draw their
features as I build up the colours.
|A lot of the face in shadow has cool tones as highlights.|
|The highlights on the back of the girls hair
and t-shirt will really add the light.
|This is how I start skin. I look for the darker values I want to shine
through the top layers. The cool tones are laid down here.
|After adding some lighter tones and blending it starts to take
more shape. The light and shadows help create form.
|The darker features will add definition.|
|Again the back lighting helps make sense of the colours used in
the skin tones. I’m really trying to use light to make
compositions more challenging and interesting to paint.