New York City Portrait Artist Workshop-Demo Day #1

My New York City Portrait Artist Workshop at the School of Visual Arts began on Monday August 6. This is the last workshop I’ll be teaching until next summer. We have two great models, Dustin and Miriam. I’m using Miriam as my model since I’ve never painted her before and I enjoy the challenge of depicting a new face in paint. Below is the progression of my underpainting on the first day of my demo.

The first step is to establish my basic drawing relationships.

Next I subdivide into smaller shapes.

Once I feel the drawing is pretty well established I begin to develop the tonal structure.

After much tweaking of drawing and values I arrive at a base on which to build the color structure. It’s not my intent to have anything finished or precise at this point. I always work towards accuracy.

Until next time…

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