At my last workshop in Charlotte, NC, I demonstrated a portrait of an older man. A student took photos while I worked, so I thought I'd share them with you.
I started out with a small study to determine my color scheme. I decided to use analogous + complementary colors. Analogous means the colors are next to each other on the color wheel--in this case, yellow green, yellow, and yellow orange. Violet is opposite yellow on the color wheel, so violet will be my complement.
Below: I started with washes over the entire face using raw sienna and permanent rose.
I added the shadow area using a wash of ultramarine blue, then, while it was still wet, I dropped in raw sienna and permanent rose to neutralize the blue. You can see the likeness starting to emerge as the shadows define the bone structure and the features.
Next, I created big washes of violet and yellow/yellow orange using permanent rose, quinacridone violet, ultramarine blue, and raw sienna.
I scrubbed and softened the hairline and individual hairs.
This is as far as I've gotten with the portrait. I will post the final version when it's done.