He sells the Big Issue at Sloane Square and I have sketched him on a number of occasions.
In this painting, I wanted to capture to look in his eyes. It's the main thing that brings out his character as a very genuine chap. As with the other posts in this series, I have worked with The Zorn Palette-which consists of Titanium White, Yellow Orche, Cadmium Red and Ivory Black.
I have worked on this piece in one sitting in Alla Prima and I took some stage shots during the process. These stage shots are definitely not a step by step process but they are just stages at which the painting developed.
It was hard getting the right colours of this painting with my camera and if I am able to get a better picture a later date, I will surely adjust the one below.
|The Face of Homelessness Sloane Square, Oil on board, 12" x 16", 2012|
|Sketch of Steve|
|Adebanji sketching Steve|
|Steve with the sketch|
|Stage 1- Here I have toned the canvas with a light mixture of yellow orche and black, and I do a bit of plotting lines to help with the positioning of the portrait. The canvas has been divided into four parts with diagonals in each rectangle.|
|Stage 3- Here I start using the shape by shape method of "inside out"-starting from one place inside the face and gradually moving out.|
|Stage 4- The face was almost complete at this stage and I began to have a sense of the whole piece at this stage|
|Stage 5- With the face completed, I gradually move to the background to see how it works with the face and I'm quite pleased.|
|Stage 6-I continue with the background on the left following the directions, I had plotted earlier in the preliminary sketch|
|Stage 7- This is the final stage where I take stock, I think I got a bit of the anatomy wrong on the right side of his cheek, but after a few struggles which remained unresolved, I had to leave it to a later date.|
"Very early in life, I fell in love with the landscape of the human face, where all the emotional states of life are to be found, and that affair has not faltered"-Burton Silverman