Portrait in progress: Kim

I’m starting to like where this one is going, although I need to figure out the background. Usually I leave the background rather abstract in my portraits. It’s the rendering of the face that interests me, but I need to care about the entire composition. The canvas is 50 x 60 cm.

Any suggestions?

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11 Responses to “Portrait in progress: Kim”

  1. Vicki says:

    Wow! This is wonderful and I like the background as it is.


  2. Bobbi says:

    This is looking great! I like the background, just a hint of something there. I think I would want more contrast between the background and foreground, but that will probably come as you work. Is this in oils or acrylics?

  3. Oh My! Your portrait is coming along so nicely! I like the implication of the window on the left. maybe darkening up the window panes a bit, to balance the light that is in the actual portrait??

  4. Claire says:

    Oh gorgeous! My oh my!
    Love your use of color and I want to say speed? I have no words for this. I have not seen your paintings before and I am in love!

  5. Jul says:

    Thank you all for your kind words and input!

    @Vicki – Glad to hear I’m not the only one who likes a simple background.

    @Bobbi – It’s oil. And I was thinking along the same line as far as the need for more distinction between background and foreground.

    @Stephanie – Thanks for the idea. It actually started as the outline of a bookcase (from the original photo), but I like the way it suggests a window instead.

    @Claire – Welcome! I don’t remember exactly, but I think this painting represents about 3 hours of work up to this point. Not super speedy. :)

  6. I like your portrait; it’s interesting! I like the cool, muted tones in the background, it makes for a nice contrast to the warm skin tones. Wow, only three hours? I’m a SLOW watercolor painter…three hours seems magical!

  7. Hybrid J says:

    Love how you capture the light on the face. Such wonderful work of art! Well Done! Wish I could paint like that … maybe one day … gotta work harder!

    Thank you for sharing! :D

  8. Henniemavis says:

    3 hours of work, you say, and it’s not “super speedy?” That’s relative. I think it’s amazingly fast for a painting on that level of proficiency!

    Love the colors in her hair (wish my stylist could do highlighting for me that way)… and her facial expression is intriguing me. At first glance, I almost thought it looked as though she were just about to laugh but was holding back. Then, I looked longer, and she seemed more serious.

    I really like this one.

  9. Jul says:

    @Peggy – Thanks! I am useless at watercolor – after three hours my image wouldn’t even be recognizable yet. That’s why I stick to oils and acrylic. :)

    @Hybrid J – Thanks so much. I’m working from a photograph but I also did some live drawings of the model when I took the photos. Hopefully I’m doing the light justice.

    @Henniemavis – I think you were able to describe the facial expression better than I can! I was immediately drawn to the photo I’m working from (out of a group of dozens) because of the interesting expression she has. I’m so glad to hear I’ve at least partially succeeded in conveying it.

  10. kim says:

    I like me! Nice volume in the face and thanks for removing all my..lines of passion I think i should get some green highlights while i’m at it.. hope to see it (and you) soon!

  11. Jul says:

    @Kim – The highlights changed colors slightly when I finished the painting – but I have leftover paint so I could do you some custom matching actual highlights – come on over. :)

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