Teaching Myself to Draw: May 24, 2017
Pro-tip: when you hate how the irises and pupils turn out, just cover them up with some catch lights. Problem solved.
I can feel myself getting tired of and frustrated with this piece. I’m really not happy with they eyes. I can’t put my finger on why exactly, but I just don’t like them. And the more I work on them the less I like them. So I’m moving on from them and am just going to have to deal with it. I’m sure part of my frustrations are coming from having a few weeks off of painting and then jumping straight into the most challenging lighting/color I’ve done yet. So after this piece portraits should start going better again.
Next session I plan on working on the ears and/or the clothes.I’m hoping to finish this up in another two or three sessions, but we’ll see. Once it’s done, I may take some time to work on more eye and lip studies, since I feel like I’ve regressed some in that area. I’ve also been toying with the idea of doing a value portrait or two to try out some more challenging lighting scenarios without having to worry about color. We’ll see if that happens though, since I really love color.