Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Painting Demo - Part 3

Here is the last of my painting demonstration. The below pictures take you through the final steps of refining the skin tones and the background. I wouldn't consider the below final, because after taking a few days away from it, I always find things to touch-up and re-do.

At this stage, I warmed up the skin tones on the back and the left arm (mostly in the darks). Although my reference photos seemed to be producing that almost purple tone, the colors were looking a little muddy and out of the norm (remember, nobody is ever going to see the reference photos, just the painting). I also started with the hand and a little more dabbling in the background.


Not much to be said here, just working my way out . . . trying to be "brushy" and soft edged.

Apprehension, 24 x36 - Here is the the "final" painting. If I make any major changes, I'll post an update, and if you see something that looks off, or needs fixing, let me know.

Update: After some time away from the painting, I felt that the neck/jaw line could use some editing. Although the source material was as I originally painted it, it didn't do the model (nor my painting) the justice it deserves. Below is the Final painting - at least till I find something else to fiddle with.

4 comments:

Kasey (Ethan's Mommy) said...

This stuff is insanely good... Adam and I are speechless right now looking through all your stuff. Wow... you are a fantastic artist, Ryan!

Kasey (Ethan's Mommy) said...

I just had to say one more thing... We were looking at your blog posts from the bottom up, so I saw that you didn't have a name for this paiting and I literally told Adam "he should name it Apprehensive, because she looks unsure in her thoughts".... then I saw this post and you named it Apprehension!! I totally freaked out!

Ryan Mellody said...

Ha, great minds think alike. (or the title is terrible and we both are awful!)

Anonymous said...

Ryan - Lizzie and I are taking an oil painting class at Silvermine. We just read your 3-part painting demo of "Apprehension." It's terrific (as is the painting). A great learning tool. You should write a "how to paint" book.

Roy