Things begin to take shape with the characters as I begin adding trumpet player skin and instrument tones. Progress continues along with the singer’s light washes showing the beginning of the skin tones and hair.
I am adding details to center instruments, the guitar is getting reds and golden tones, the piano keys are receiving shadow shades to accentuate the twists and curves as they wrap themselves around the curve of the guitar. Fun.
I tend to keep reference images right next to where I am working. You can see the first sketch of this idea original painting resting next to my current painting. I really enjoy the bright colors in this original sketch idea so it sits here to remind me.
The next step for me is to wet all of the background very carefully so I can start to apply a loose bright background. I love to drop large bright drops of color in my backgrounds. As long as I keep the wetness to specifically where I want the color to spread this technique works just fine.
Still working on improving my portraiture craft specifically in the realm of “realism” . This is a progressive shot of Little Ben’s portrait, where I am currently adding darks mediums and lights to get the values right so I can start on the details to finish. One step at a time 🙂
It is an honor to attend a class with Stan Miller at Spokane Art Supply on Wednesdays 1-4pm for Intermediate/Advanced Watercolor instructions. It is so inspiring to work with such a talented master artist. I am working on improving my craft specifically in the “realism” realm. Currently working with two grandkid images, this is Ben on the right. I am following Stan’s suggestion to focus up close and get the realism down pat… instead of doing the whole body layout.