Friday, April 3, 2009
Mystery Portrait-Color Stage 1
Don't get excited! I'm not going Andy Worhal. I have applied my first bit of color to this mystery gentleman. I painted raw sienna onto his face and wiped out the highlights with a brush damped with turpentine. I then smoothed it back out with a really soft sable brush. I also glazed vermillion red onto his jacket and tie. If you remember the underpainting had a greenish tint, (verdaccio), so when I glazed the complimentary ( or opposite color of the spectrum), it nutralized that green and turned it grey. The dramatic yellow background will soon be covered. I chose such a brilliant color because it's very reflective. When light travels through those additional layers and bounces off the yellow, even the black areas will sparkle! I'm hoping it will be ginchy!