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.
Here I painted the clothes in flat colours and did some more work on the nose, mouth and eyes.
Blocking in the background and local color of the hair and the planes of the head.
A loose charcoal drawing, transferred to the canvas with help of a grid.