Portraiture in progress 16"X12"

I normally start portraits drawing with color pencil. My choice of paper this time is white Bristol; I love the texture and whiteness of it. Once I lay down the image outline, I set to work on the eyes. Here, before working on the yes, I lay down flesh tones and worked really slowly, before getting to the eyes. As I work on flesh tones, I am keeping an eye on the eyes 😁

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Once I reach a point where I think the eyes are in a good place, I.e.. they look like the person I am painting, I move on to developing and layering skin tones around the nose and mouth. Here I have also started working on teeth. I work slowly and painstakingly while layering with pencil, it really helps me ‘see’ the person I am drawing.

Once I reach a point where I think the eyes are in a good place, I.e.. they look like the person I am painting, I move on to developing and layering skin tones around the nose and mouth. Here I have also started working on teeth. I work slowly and painstakingly while layering with pencil, it really helps me ‘see’ the person I am drawing.

Adding more pinks and defining the eyes, eyeglasses and reflection some more here.

Adding more pinks and defining the eyes, eyeglasses and reflection some more here.

Too pink! I know, I am not worried—plenty more color to come.

Too pink! I know, I am not worried—plenty more color to come.

I decide to carry pinks over to both portraits. 😊 Therefore, I keep going back and forth between the two portraits—layering, defining, layering defining until I feel that the image is balanced.

I decide to carry pinks over to both portraits. 😊 Therefore, I keep going back and forth between the two portraits—layering, defining, layering defining until I feel that the image is balanced.

Once I have the facial feature down to a large degree I start layering the rest. I am not worried about the depth, color, or tone at this point—just getting the basics down really well. Many hours and many layers later, I feel ready to take this to the next step, i.e. my digital medium—Procreate.

Once I have the facial feature down to a large degree I start layering the rest. I am not worried about the depth, color, or tone at this point—just getting the basics down really well. Many hours and many layers later, I feel ready to take this to the next step, i.e. my digital medium—Procreate.

Once I import the image into Procreate, I start throwing color in to see what works. I LOVE yellows and oranges so quickly start working them in., I love all colors really, but think am partial to yellows and blues. Must be California. Ha!

Once I import the image into Procreate, I start throwing color in to see what works. I LOVE yellows and oranges so quickly start working them in., I love all colors really, but think am partial to yellows and blues. Must be California. Ha!

I kind of like this but am not super happy with the color combinations. Also, the skin looks flat and pale but I will build on it later. Remember I am constantly going back and forth between areas of the painting.

I kind of like this but am not super happy with the color combinations. Also, the skin looks flat and pale but I will build on it later. Remember I am constantly going back and forth between areas of the painting.

Ahh. much better, I think.I love the mediterranean blue and have dampened the burgundy with a dark version of the same blue. It also gives me more freedom with the background and I can play with warm colors some more. Time to get back to working on skin tones.

Ahh. much better, I think.I love the mediterranean blue and have dampened the burgundy with a dark version of the same blue. It also gives me more freedom with the background and I can play with warm colors some more. Time to get back to working on skin tones.

Here I start contouring the face and developing depth with peaches, pinks, reds and umbers. I also start working on the back ground, mixing in more reds and purples.

Here I start contouring the face and developing depth with peaches, pinks, reds and umbers. I also start working on the back ground, mixing in more reds and purples.

Here, I continue working with contouring the faces, there is too much difference between the light and dark areas and I have made them look anemic. I fix that in the next steps.

Here, I continue working with contouring the faces, there is too much difference between the light and dark areas and I have made them look anemic. I fix that in the next steps.

Better! the back ground has more layers of lilac, red, orange and green. I have added ultramarine to the mediterranean blue.

Better! the back ground has more layers of lilac, red, orange and green. I have added ultramarine to the mediterranean blue.

I worked some more on the faces, hair, clothes and pearls.

I worked some more on the faces, hair, clothes and pearls.

A lot of fine tuning has happened here. The background felt too yellow and needed some warming so I brought in a healthy orange. I developed some more layers on the faces deepening shadows in skin tones as well as hair. At this point I feel pretty close to the finish line but will keep on tweaking in the next few days!

A lot of fine tuning has happened here. The background felt too yellow and needed some warming so I brought in a healthy orange. I developed some more layers on the faces deepening shadows in skin tones as well as hair. At this point I feel pretty close to the finish line but will keep on tweaking in the next few days!