Copyright 2006 Maggie Stiefvater.
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Today I decided to try a color study to see what I'd be up against with this Sargent project. So out whipped the paints and an 8 x 10" canvas, and this is what I came up with. Sargent said:
- a perfectly delineated line between dark and light was a fault, and laziness
- dragging paint thinly across the canvas to create the idea of transparency was no substitute for a thick glob of paint of the exact correct tone
- to achieve proper facial features/ likeness, the initial underpainting, no matter how blobby, of the head, had to be properly constructed
- better to scrape off a poor start than constantly try to correct it.
- make sure you have plenty of paint on your palette and don't try to spare it
Bring on the comments, folks, I can take 'em. Also, on Sunday I'd would love to post progress from my participating readers, but I sense y'all are still holding back, because I don't have as many as I'd like. Doesn't have to be big, folks . . . email me. portraitswithcharacter @ gmail.com