Thank you. I revised this a couple of times, which is not normal for me. Generally, I don't spend more than a day on a portrait, usually a few hours. I think you'll have an easier time with oils working dark to light. It's hard to get darks in over something lighter.
You're quite welcome. Ah, I see. I believe working on a painting for no more than a few hours to a day is called "alla prima?" Correct me if Im wrong... I've been wanting to practice doing a portrait within a time limit, but I haven't decided how to go about it. Painting with oils, especially in one sitting, is a bit of a foreign concept to me.
By the way, thank you for the advice. I'll be sure to remember that.
Something like that. Alla prima, also called direct painting, just means painting wet into wet, basically attempting to make a finished painting in one go. No underpaintings, layers, or glazing needed. Given the time it take for oil to dry, it's the easiest way I've found to work. That's not to say you can't go back and correct things that need fixing later. That's the great thing about oils, there are so many ways to use them.
More advice: One way you can tackle a painting quickly is to first use the biggest brush you're comfortable with, then switch to something smaller in the areas you want more detail in. Also, try not to think of painting as filling in a drawing(if you start with a drawing), but as drawing itself. You're actually drawing color shapes with paint. I highly recommend Richard Schmid's book "Alla Prima" if this style grabs you.
Oh, my. You gave me so much more insight than I was expecting, haha. I'll be sure to give your suggestions about the brush sizes a try. And as for viewing oil painting as a "drawing"- that was precisely my main issue with my technique. I was using oil as just another media to fill and shade in a sketch instead of using the oil as a sketch in itself. Thanks for helping me realize it. (I just search Schmid's book- he's brilliant.)
I truly appreciate you taking the time to write such a helpful response.
Whoa! Really digging the new style you've got here! It's a lot smoother than your other style, which doesn't mean your other style was bad (far from it), but it's different. A very good different. I like it; keep it up!
First of all, this is beautiful. Secondly, did you ever play the old Laura Bow Sierra game "The Dagger of Amon Ra?" Because this looks like it could have been inspired by those character head shots. (which, in turn, were inspired by J.C. Leyendecker of course….)