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.
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.
filling in the facial color
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.