The series Portrait Artist of the Year, a portrait artist competition held in Britain, decided to do a virtual competition on Facebook. The annual competition is a delight to watch where artists paints celebrity models in rounds to eventually win a commission to paint a prominent celebrity. For the virtual competition there was a model a week. Past winners of the competition are invited to paint the prominent model. Facebook viewers are invited to paint along to work from a screen shot and Then submit their portraits to be pick for first, second or third place winner for that week.
I was delighted to participate. I definitely got my practice in. So below are 8 of the 9 people painted. I used a limited palette of titanium white, yellow ochre, cadmium red and ivory black. Though sometime I would used burnt umber and ultramarine blue to make black. I discovered that when mixing the black this way I can make it as cool or warm when I needed it. It was a good time to experiment with different palette arrangements.
Akirm Kahn, PAOTW 2020, 8×6 inches, oil on canvas panel
Bernardine Evaristo, PAOTW 2020, 8×6 inches, oil on canvas panel
Clare Balding, PAOTW 2020, 8×6 inches, oil on canvas panel
Mary Beard, PAOTW 2020, 8×6 inches, oil on canvas panel
Noel Fielding, PAOTW 2020, 8×6 inches, oil on canvas panel
Robert Rimer, PAOTW 2020, 7×5 inches, oil on canvas panel
Tom Mead, PAOTW 2020, 8×6 inches, oil on canvas panel
Will Young, PAOTW 2020, 8×6 inches, oil on canvas panel
These paintings were done back in 2015 and 2016 when I was often attending the open sessions at Patris Studio. I have to say they are not as bad as I thought. But I do need to go back and painting portraits again. Maybe that would be one of my New Year’s resolution.
I finally was able to attend an open session at Patris Studio. It was good to be there drawing and painting from life. I started off with a pencil drawing which took about an hour. The next two hours was painting in oils with the Zorn limited palette – titanium white, ivory black, cadmium red and yellow ochre.
Just finished commissions from one client. All except one is 6 x 6 inches on stretched cotton canvas. I had been doing preliminaries drawings before going onto canvases. Then on canvas I did a grisalle with transparent red oxide for values. I found by doing these preliminary drawings and grisalles, it helps with the painting process.
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In Day 2, Oliver demonstrated with a charcoal pencil.
Oliver is using the side of his charcoal pencil 2B.
Darker values with charcoal pencil, 4B or 6B.
10 minutes poses.
10 minutes demo on Strathmore paper
Block-in beginning with a charcoal pencil 2B. Paper is Strathmore Drawing 18 x 24 inches.
To create the texture of the beard Oliver draws with squiggly lines.
Oliver shows some of charcoal pencils on toned paper.
In the afternoon we worked on toned paper. But first we did some 10 minutes warm-ups on Strathmore drawing paper. The toned paper we use Canson Tientes. Oliver suggested used the smooth side for women and children’s portraits. The textured size best for men.
Beginning with a 2B charcoal pencil for block-in.
White is added sparely. Only used on highlights and never mixed in with the charcoal. The mid-tone paper does all the work.
I learned how to use white charcoal to create volumes in the model’s beard.
Spraying is not needed for charcoal pencils. Only for vine charcoal drawings.