because of his cheeky smile, not all in this series are smiling but he was a real character and this was how he looked in his proper element!
|The Face of Homelessness, Clapham Common, 12" x 16", oil on board, 2012|
|STAGE 2- Here I get a bit more specific with my lines and once I am a bit more confident, I darken the lines. I don't really want a detailed drawing but just a kind of map to follow on, because I'll be putting rich, thick paint on soon.|
|STAGE 5-Gradually I get round to the main features and just keep adding piles of paint with expressive brushstrokes to follow the form and structure of the face.|
|STAGE 7- After I had corrected the drawing endlessly at the other stage, I now go over the whole piece with a bit of detail here and there, trying my best not to overwork it but to keep it fresh.|
|THE COMPLETED PAINTING WITH THE PALETTE- The palette shows the 4 colours I 'm working with. It's a limited palette of Black, White, Red and Yellow-popularly known as the Zorn palette.|
"Many of us tense up when rendering another person's face. Perhaps you've experienced this; I do, even though I've drawn and painted countless faces......"-Charles Reid, Painting by Design