I chose to play down the colors in the clothes as you might notice. I find that we tend to try to achieve the same color intensity in the clothing when we are doing portraits. Depending on what you want to focus on, of course, it's best to play down these areas. The face is where you mostly want your focus to be directed. If I were to paint the basket the hot pink it is in reality, I immediately shift my focus and things become out of whack. The skirt is therefore mostly light in tone except where the folds and creases are and some darker shadowing on the left side. I randomly painted the flowers in her skirt first....very undetailed. I think you can figure out what colors you can use here. Then I painted around them to do the skirt and I used cobalt teal and winsor yellow. Some areas of the skirt I added more yellow, some I added more teal......all watered down a good amount. The darker folds of the skirt I added some ultramarine to that mix and I made it slightly stronger (used less water). There is a little scalloped edge separating the top and bottom of the skirt. I darkened under that scalloped edge.
The basket is pretty straight forward. I initially painted it a light wash of perm. rose and a tiny bit of cobalt. The interior of the basket is a little darket violet (added more cobalt), however I added a touch of winsor yellow to it to dull it down. Not too much. I even threw in a little cobalt teal to it. It is VERY light.....don't be heavy handed with it.....remember we are downplaying this area. After this dries, I made a little heavy mix of the initial violet I used to paint the basket and put in some minute details.....adding a little more cobalt to darken towards the bottom. You might have to add a little yellow to tone down that violet shadow if you don't already have it in your mix.....don't make that shadowed violet too violety....(my word).
OK....the legs.....they are done the same way as the face. They have a bit more yellow tone, so add a bit more raw sienna. The leg that is tucked under though has violet tones in it. I mixed a violet and put that just under the skirt area. (perm. rose and ultramarine) I accentuated some of the bone and muscle area by concentrating color in those areas....such as the calf and knee and leaving some white showing.
The shoes are very understated. They are just a violet with yellow in it to tone it down. Pick a violet...it will work.
alizarin watered down. Add violet to deepen it toward the edges of her smile. It's always lighter where the lips get fatter. I ended up putting a little white highlight on the lower lip with gouache.
The background was finished after that. I decided to put in a row of trees very loosely. I used sap green and cobalt with burnt sienna in places. Very light wash.....not a focal point and it's also in the near distance. I painted it wet on dry but then took some water and brought it down past the horizon line. Then I darkened the grass area around her feet. I made it look like there were flowers around by just not painting and negatively painting in some roundish shapes. I put in sap and cobalt with raw sienna and burnt sienna....all individually running it around on the paper. You might want to practice that before attempting. It takes a loose hand. That's it!!!
Thursday, May 15, 2014
The background and the hair is incorporated together so all those colors need to be prepared and ready to go. They are for the hair: raw sienna, yellow ochre, burnt sienna, cobalt, violet (used for the eyes- which is ultramarine, burnt sienna, perm. rose) For the sky and grasses: cobalt, cobalt and burnt sienna mixed to a darker blue, watered down alizarin, sap green, burnt sienna.These are my initial washes.
This is how it looks after doing the beginning wash. As I made my way around the girl I started incorporating the land color of sap green and throwing in some burnt sienna and cobalt in areas. You can see the brush strokes I used. This is the initial layer. I darkened it all later.
Tuesday, May 13, 2014
The jacket is thalo blue diluted quite a bit. The darker shadowed areas of the jacket like the creases and under the arms I added some raw sienna to it. There are some pink and violet tones in it and I put some perm. rose in spots. The same dark I used for the eyes, I used watered down in the dark shadowed areas like the dark between the cuff and the hand, parts of the zipper.
Here is the photo.