Facebook was right, this handsome guy is the wonderful European artist and art teacher, Martinho Correia, who I follow on FB now. This painting taught me (again!) how important the initial drawing is to the outcome of a portrait. I tend to start with much gusto and hubris* and just go for it. Then I reach a point where the portrait is nicely painted but something isn’t quite right.
In this case, as you can see above, when I used Procreate on the iPad to layer a tracing of the photo over my painting, the right eye, mouth and ear were slightly out of place and I’d made the t-shirt neckline too low. However, I was also delighted that given the sloppy drawing start, I’d gotten as close as I did (see below).
Of course I should have checked my drawing way back in the beginning, not after I’d so carefully rendered that misplaced right eye. If I’d been painting digitally it would have been so easy! But there’s no “select” and “move” commands in oil painting so I repainted and adjusted over and over until I reached the point of “good enough” (aka “I’m so done and over this it!”).
*Hubris is from Greek, where it meant “excessive pride, violating the bounds set for humans” and was always punished by the gods. We no longer have the Greek gods, so in English it just refers to over-the-top self-confidence.
4 replies on “Facebook Thinks I Should Know Him Portrait #8”
Well done, Jana!! You are proof that staying with a work is well worth the expending of one’s energy!!
Love your steadiness! God bless, C-Marie
Thanks. Steadiness—I like it. Nobody’s ever called me steady before. But yes, staying with something and fixing things to the best of my ability at this time (in a year I’d hope to be able to do better) is important to me.
Whoa! That is so cool to see the process, neat!
Thanks Tiffany! Knowing you enjoyed seeing it makes the effort in putting it together worth it!