A work in progress: portrait painting part I

WIP Portret Harold Speed book Willem Art 6

This is a portrait I’ve been working on today.  I hope to finish the painting tomorrow.

The painting is published in a book by Harold Speed in which he explains the stages of the portrait. I printed a photo of the finished painting and followed the instructions in the book. It was a great exercise, I really learned a lot.

I wanted to take lots of pictures of the work in progress , but I was so busy painting that I forgot to stop and pick up the camera.

WIP Portret Harold Speed book Willem Art 5

Here I painted the clothes in flat colours and did some more work on the nose, mouth and eyes.

WIP Portret Harold Speed book Willem Art 3

Adding a few lights to the hair and softening the edges.WIP Portret Harold Speed book Willem Art 2

Blocking in the background and local color of the hair and the planes of the head.

WIP Portret Harold Speed book Willem Art 1

A loose charcoal drawing, transferred to the canvas with help of a grid.

Harold Speed Oil Painting techniques bookThe book by Harold Speed, originally published in 1924.

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