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Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Luke's Portrait, step 2



Luke is my 13-year-old son, and often he'll look right at you with this direct stare that reveals a blooming confidence along with a youthful uncertainty. I wanted to capture that dichotomy through use of subdued color, his body language and expression.

I added the darkest darks early in the painting, but not early enough. I see that the shadow area is going to be too light so I'll add a darker wash over it. It takes a good deal of practice to determine how dark to make your shadow areas on the face. If you are working with watercolor, you need to know that it will dry about 30% lighter than what you see.
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