|Untitled (after Harley Brown), Acrylic on Gessoed Mat Board, 10"x7"|
Theme for 30 Paintings in 30 Days - Painting PeopleSunday the new 30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge begins. I have decided to make my theme people, or perhaps more accurately, faces. I'm not calling them portraits for now because I have never painted people's faces before and don't expect to be able to get a good likeness right out of the chute.
Goals:Before beginning, I wanted to define what my goals are with respect to painting people. I came up with the following:
- Get the proportions, shapes, and values right.
- Get a sense of life - I want them to look like real, living, breathing people.
- Make it painterly and expressive.
- Look for and paint variety and diversity - black and white, men and women, old and young, fat and thin.
- With luck and practice, sneak up on likeness.
Strategy:Since I am just beginning, I thought I would start by copying the paintings of someone who knows what they are doing. To that end, I pulled out a pile of my old International Artist magazines and turned to Harley Brown's wonderful articles on painting people. Many of his paintings are done in a way that makes the individual shapes that make up the face and their values easy to see.
Once I have done a few, I plan to switch to photographs for subjects. One thing I have already discovered as I search through my files for photos is that I can use Photoshop to increase the contrast on a photo to make the individual shapes easier to see.