I primarily work from reference photos for my finished portraits, due to the time limitations of my busy clients.
This quick approach gives me the opportunity to study their facial structure, get a better sense of who they are and, most importantly, to record their complexion. Judge for yourself, by looking at in the above photo, how I’ve done with regards to matching Simone’s skin tones.
This painted study took me three hours and forty minutes – not counting breaks, although in the past I’ve done them in as little as one hour.
When going the Alla Prima route – trying to nail everything at once – if you are not in complete command, your results will suffer. If you’re having problems, you need to reload; first learn to do things correctly by mastering each of the major aspects of painting: drawing, value and color. That’s the way I break things down for my students.
If you wanted to learn to ride a unicycle on a high wire while juggling burning axes would you try to do it all at once? When you break it down in digestible bites you get to dessert way faster?
Sound appetizing? Come study with me, this summer. I’ll be leading a portrait drawing workshop and a portrait painting workshop in August.
Marvin Mattelson is now conducting both these workshops online in Full HD 1080p through his Fine Art Portrait Academy. For further information, or to register for an upcoming offering, please follow this link to his teaching page.
Until next time...
Looks great Marvin.
Another beauty, from you Marvin. Hope you are well!
Thanks Marcia. All is good with me.
Looks great Marvin.
Simply stunning! I too watched your video several times. It was great to see how your values and mid-tones shaped the planes of her face.
Thanks for the positive feedback. I’m glad you liked it.
I think I watched it 20 times!! Each time watching how it develops overall and then each feature! You are the best!! I bet this was allot of fun for you!
It ws a blast. Thanks.
Than you , Thank you for all your words , for all what you do and what you on your canvas explain to us..
Happy birthday Sir Mattelson and many beautiful years in health and Art !
Greetings from Germany
Thanks for your kind words.