I categorized this as a portrait, but it’s not really a portrait. I worked from photo but I really wasn’t too concerned about capturing a likeness. Mostly mixing skin tones and getting the values right. I’ve done several of these in the last year but this is the first one I was happy enough with to post. I tried to work loose, no preliminary pencil drawing or grid. I just blocked in the head with a medium sized round brush and my standard burnt umber and ultramarine blue mix that is my black. Then I did a monochrome underpainting and started working the colors into that, working from dark to light. Other than the basic shapes and the expression, it doesn’t look much like the photo, but I like it as a painting.

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