I’ve never painted a portrait before. I have been watching artists on tv, so hopefully I’ve learnt a few tips! I have started to work on a portrait of Barak Obama. It’s my representation of a photo from a book cover. It is not finished yet. That may take a couple more days. I have a condition called prosopagnosia, so portraits can be tricky. It’s been a long time since I attempted one.
This first day of painting has been thoroughly enjoyable but also frustrating, as I have so much to learn! I’ll post more progress on this piece, including the final completion, within this page.
So, do come back for updates. Meanwhile, have you tried painting a portrait? For me, I chose this image to paint for the complexity of it; black clothes against a black background, skin tone affected by shade and light and the body at a challenging position.
My progress so far:
Here it is….the completed piece. My first ever portrait! It’s not quite how I want it, but I’ll over-work it if I do more. Whatever anyone thinks, I thoroughly enjoyed doing this.
On a technical note, I did not sketch, grid, use technology or anything other than simply painting with brush and acrylic and a little black felt tip pen. So, my question is….is it enough like Obama that you would think this it is of him or is it just a random person?
(c) Dean G. Parsons. 2019.