A study of Frédéric Fiebig self-portrait. The lights and shadows on the face are broken down to their basic shapes. I believe this self-portrait of Frederic Fiebig to be the perfect reference for studying the planes of the face.
In the process of painting Munsell Neutral Value Gray Scale for my planes of the head study. I created the craft spoon neutrals a year ago, using my mixture of Burnt Umber, Ivory black, and Titanium White. I completed the long vertical strips yesterday using Williamsburg Neutral Gray oil paint values 2, 4, 6, 8. I mixed the intermediate values 3, 5, and 7. My neutral gray mixtures (craft spoons) compared to Williamsburg’s Neutral Gray were pretty darn close and in some cases they were identical, or at least I could not detect any difference in values with my own eyes.
Oil figure study on linen. Reference was obtained from New Masters Academy.
This was not a study about rendering details, but about establishing big shapes, proportions, light and dark patterns. I used Transparent Red Iron Oxide (TRIO) as my single color pigment and a mixture of French Ultramarine Blue and TRIO to paint my darks.
Painting on portrait smooth linen is great, however, if your pigment out of the tube is soaked with medium (walnut oil in my case) or you add to much medium, you will find that your brush strokes quickly get out of control. If your pigment out of the tube is too oily, just mixed a little bit of Gamblin’s Cold Wax Medium; it reduces the oiliness and consequently the glossiness of your painting. Personally, I prefer to have a matt look to my underpaintings.
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