Saturday, 5 December 2009

Contemplation, 6.5" x 6.5", Gouache, 2009




This is another transformation purely from memory. I sketched this guy, he must have had a hard day at work. He looked like a builder to me. I loved his face and was quite pleased to get this opportunity to sketch him.

1. Get my museum mountboard and give it an acrylic wash base of cadmium yellow and yellow ocher.

2. I start by placing the main large shapes with my flat sable, no initial drawing in this one.

3. After the main shapes are in place I begin to use a glazing technique to keep laying colours until I get both transparency and opacity in various places as I want.

4.The remaining touches are done to add detail to the main features.

5. I soften the edges around the background by spraying water over the area.

6. I have to stop before this piece gets overworked by the glazing technique.


8 comments:

lilasvb said...

i like you post, veru strong faces

adebanji said...

Thanks Liasvb!

artbyakiko said...

Wonderful portrait, as always! Thanks for sharing your process. Every time I come here, I learn some art techniques. You are an awesome artist!

Remi, United Kingdom said...

finally got to my PC... ! I love these pieces. !
I hope you had a wonderful christmas celebrating the Wonderful saviour = Jesus Christ. Much Love x

Dana Cooper Fine Art said...

I love your portraits Adebanji and you seem equally comfortable in all mediums...well done!

Sheila said...

I love this. There is a serenity to his face. I also adore "Grumpy Joe".

I want to wish you and your glorious family the best and most prosperous New Year. Continued blessings to you and yours...

Alina Chau said...

Nice expressive drawing and love the painted version too!

Marian Fortunati said...

Is there ANYTHING you can't paint/draw beautifully???
Wonderful, Adebanji!!!!