Now for the face. I pull out a couple of colors that aren’t normally found on my palette, Terra Rosa and Burnt Sienna. My base color is a mix of equal parts of Terra Rosa and Burnt Sienna. Then different proportions of White is mixed in to make the various shades of the skin tones. A little MUD (Ultramarine Blue + Alizarin Crimson) is added into the darker shadow mixtures. I begin painting the face by establishing the shadow planes. As you read though my blog you can click on any of the images to enlarge them.
The jawline is rounded with a brushstroke of Cerulean Blue + White made along the lower edge. The face has three “Color Zones”. The forehead is a little yellower, while the nose, ears and cheeks are more red. This is because the skin in these areas is thinner and blood vessels are closer to the surface. The chin and jawline are cooler or bluer. This is more prominent in men because of their whiskers.
The whites, or sclera, of the eyes are not pure White. I use a mix of White + Ultramarine Blue + a touch of Cadmium Orange for them.
The irises are made a deep brown mixed with MUD + Cadmium Orange. Then the dark pupil is added in the center.
The light is coming from the upper left. It is transmitted through the transparent cornea and illuminates the iris on the lower right portion. A little White is added to the brown mixture for the illuminated area.
The catch light is placed high in the upper left, about 11 o’clock, just at the edge of the pupil. You never want to place the catch light directly in the pupil, it makes the subject look as if they are on drugs.
My collector didn’t want highlights in the hair. However I’m adding a few subtle ones to give the hair the feeling of glossiness. If there are no highlights at all her long tresses would look like yarn.
Another special request was to make the dress a deep wine color. After seeing the dress partially painted with the wine color in a previous post they decided they wanted to go back to a deep red, much like was in the original study.
I’m so glad David and Heidi chose to make the change on the color of her dress. All of the surroundings were planned with the red dress in mind. The final piece is much richer than it would have been with the wine colored garment. Jack is the word guy in our family. He came up with the perfect name for our Latina Lady, Quiet Contemplation. Thank you for following my blog. Please remember, feel free to ask any questions you may have! Hugs,