This is a gradual process adding lights and adding darks detail after detail…. Back and forth. I am feeling like I finally have succeeded in creating an image that is the person in front of a reflection. Now to just finish up all the details.
I keep the photograph that inspired the portrait close so I can measure and make sure that the features are correct. Just a tiny bit off will make the portrait totally wrong. I am trying to get real good at likeness now. Always striving to improve.
A closeup view. Adding skin tones and hair tones along with some of that sweater shading. The yellow that you see is the mastik or resist that is reserving the white areas for me to be able to work with better later on when I do the details.