just answering a question... giving my eyes and hands a rest from all the painting...
aaro_n thanks man. i was inspired by those who taught me. i just only get around to following through on it when i'm sick, it seems.
VictorB good man. paint away. i do have to say, though, that if you can deal with adjusting to acrylic, it might make doing these studies that much faster. some things are more difficult--blending is easier with oils just because they stay wet so much longer. but acrylics will teach you to work quickly, and you don't have to worry about having space for them to dry if you do more than one. i'm also finding that canvas paper pads save a lot of space. you just have to tape them down to a board or table. believe me, finding shelf space for doing a stack of these on canvas boards adds up. eventually you have a really heavy stack of shit to store. you could also do these the nathan fowkes watercolor and white gouache way, but watercolor is a VERY difficult medium.
retardedmonkey the process on this last one is much different than the process i used for the step-by-step. this last one is what Mark would call "prepared" or "indirect" painting. the step-by-step is what he would have called "direct" painting.
the colors change a little for two reasons, 1) there is a little glazing and quite a bit of working translucently with velaturas. 2) just the workings of my stupid camera--turning the exposure up or down is a non-linear process. some things make it more sensitive to red. also the damn lighting i use to shoot photos causes all kinds of havoc. when it's taped to my drafting table, i can't get rid of the glare unless i shoot from an angle that fucks certain things up. when i try to correct things in photoshop, sometimes it makes things more or less saturated. but, that said, the last photo in the series with the tape removed shows it as close to the real image as i can do it.
i posted something a while back about the difference between a velatura and a glaze; a velatura has white in it making it translucent instead of transparent like a glaze. this style of rendering is very classically based. there are other tricks and tips to it, the order of layers, ways of fixing things if you fuck up, knowing when to paint a halftone underneath, knowing when to break rules, etc. on the one hand, it's not that advanced--it was the first way I learned how to paint, period. and it has the advantage of using a good drawing underneath so you have less anxiety about drawing with a brush. but, you have to understand the ideas behind it pretty well--if you just try to follow steps and rules with it, it won't turn out right. I thank Mark a lot for teaching me this way because it helped me a lot. My drawing was much more solid than my painting.
if you're crazy enough to try this from life, you really, really REALLY need to be able to finish your drawing in the first 20 minutes before the model takes a break. absolutely critical. if you can't do that, practice your drawing until you can.
this painting took maybe 4.5 hours total. roughly 30 minutes for the drawing. the head was mostly done in under 3 hours with the exception of a couple of accents and final touches. doing the background was kind of spontaneous. i didn't know if i was going to imply clouds like in the original painting or do some kind of pattern or some kind of gradient... doing large areas with smooth gradients in acrylics always takes me a long time. the background and filling in the jacket, and designing the lights in the collar and the hair took the last 1-1.5 hours. so you can see that you could get a very good start on something like this from a life drawing/painting session and should be able to finish it at home no problem.
anyway, it's a cop out for me to say it, but it's much easier to show and explain this in person or on video with narration. explaining from photographs would take forever. i took these photos figuring i should show some process to everybody, but i didn't plan on shooting them in just the right way to explain everything.
hunterkiller thanks man. i still feel like i shoulda gotten more done.