Thursday, May 07, 2015

The Prophet, 8" x 9", Oil on Mountboard.

I love faces and I really love interesting faces, especially the people I meet on the street who happen to be total strangers to me! What normally happens is, If I meet some who I really find interesting. I simply beg them for the opportunity to paint them. Sometimes they agree and sometimes they don't. But I'm always really pleased when they do!

This guy, Paul, agreed. I used a the "Inside-Out Technique" which means I start from somewhere inside the face and I gradually spread out, making sure I bring each shape to completion before moving to the next stage.


The Prophet (detail), 8" x 9", Oil on Mountboard, 2015






18 comments:

blogoratti said...

Its very detailed, and colourful. Very nice work!

Gayle said...

Love that style of portraiture - very alive, very intimate. Certainly matches the name in the title!

adebanji said...

Thanks Gayle!

adebanji said...

Thanks Blogoratti!

Joy said...

Awesome, I wish I could be half as good! Love seeing your work, keep them coming.

adebanji said...

Thanks Joy!

Franck said...

Hello, Adebanji, it is very vibrating as portrait. Why did you choose the title, and generally, how are you giving the name to your works?

adebanji said...

Thanks Franck, I named it "Prophet" because he looked like the prophets of those days long gone with bladed heads and long beards.
But he really is a builder.
I normally give my titles after the painting rather than before.

Xristina5194 said...

Hi Adebanji,
this is a very beautifully painted portrait! I also love this portrait style with all these colors!
best refards, Christina

Xristina5194 said...

a lovely portrait dear Adebanji! I also love this portrait style with all these beautiful colors that make it so alive!
Best regards, Christina

adebanji said...

Thanks Christina!

John Simlett said...

You don't post often enough these days, but this one was well worth waiting for. Love it!

adebanji said...

Thanks John, this will change as I'm embarking on a marathon of little portraits. So stay tuned!

hmuxo said...

What a treat to visit your blog.
This is a beautiful portrait!!

adebanji said...

Thanks Hmuxo!!

Enzo said...

Hi Adebanji...I just watched your video 'Life of an artist'. It's very inspiring and I love your sketches and your paintings. I draw too (this is my blog: http://enzofurfaro.blogspot.it/) and you say to write to you if we need a mentor :) I draw every day but from about one year I don't draw more than two-three hours every day. I'm a bit demotivated...maybe I don' t believe in myself, maybe I don't have patience because I would want great results in less time...can you help me with some advice?
Thank you, Enzo, 29, from Italy

Joe Corlett said...

Mate, just came across your site and I love your work! really prompted me to get back into sketching and painting!!!

softearthart said...

Cool, cheers from New Zealand, Marie