I’m working on a 9×12 portrait of Janice, a beautiful young woman from the Phillipines. I knew her from online and I had to paint this lovely woman.  I usually started off with a photo of the subject that I like.  I look for clarity and emotion.

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working Janice into a painting starts here…I use a light pencil sketch for the facial features.  I love her eyes, hair and especially her smile.

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filling in the facial color

 

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After the pencil drawing is complete, I fill in the painting with simple dark colors for the clothes and make her face simple as well.  A simple palette will do just fine, maybe 3 or 4 colors.