Please refer to Part One (click here) for the first few steps of this painting, a portrait of Felicity Fox from the Wes Anderson film The Fantastic Mr. Fox. At this point, the background has been completed, and it is time to start work on the figure.
4. "Laying in" Color:
This is also referred to as "blocking in" color, or simply "blocking". The predominant color of each area, preferably in a mid-tone shade to which darker and lighter tones will be added, is painted onto each area. This basically blocks out each area's distinctive coloration for further development. Since acrylics dry very quickly, by the time you have a few areas blocked in, your first area should be dry and ready for further development, should you wish to work straight through.
Building up lights and darks to create a sense of three--dimensional form is referred to as "modelling" the figure. Note how the buildup of the paint in layers makes a three-dimensional effect, creating a sense of depth by using contrast to highlight the planes of the figure. At this point, colors must be more accurately mixed to create the desired tonal range and correct hues.
6. Refining the details:
The last few grace notes of the painting, from making sure the likeness is tweaked to perfection to fun stuff like adding highlights to the eyes to give them a sparkle. Note Felicity's brooch (click on any picture to view larger). The finishing touch is, of course, the artist's signature!
Thanks so much for coming along with me on this little journey of creating a fun painting like Felicity Fox's portrait. If you are in the Greensboro area, please feel free to come to the WesFest show on Saturday, September 12th!