We start the paintings with an underpainting to get the values in place. I was pretty good at this, I think, because it's like drawing, which is something I've always done.
Then we added more color each week...
I loved this stage. It reminded me of an old hand colored photograph. I almost wanted to leave it like that.
Adding more color seemed to "flatten" his face a bit.
In the photo I was working from, Brendan was holding a different bear. He requested that I paint Teddy Bob (a plush Steiff bear which was a favorite of his for a while) into the painting instead of the one which was there. He was also holding his video game which I didn't want to include. Since I didn't want to have to "make up" the hands and since Brendan's hands were much to big for the picture as they are now, I recruited my five year old nephew to be a "parts model"! I loved the hands in this one, but I turned the bear around.
Our teacher showed me how to push the contrast and color up to get the form back. He's finished!
I love it! When we start the class again in the fall I will do a young Alex portrait.