12 x 16 in
Oil on Canvas Panel
I started the drawing with a dry brush with burnt umber. I went pretty quick knowing that the gesture was more important to capture rather than spending too much time articulating lines.
I then started to apply the paint, usually when I paint I like to go in sections and take it to a certain stage. Again I am not using any medium in the first stage of the painting, I am just laying down the primary colors and modeling them correctly to their form.
When I felt comfortable with the colors and the modeling of them, I then moved onto the background. I know a lot of artist work the other way around, but for me at times this works. I can easily bring the background in and soften the edges of the subject where it needs to be soften.
This is the result of my first session which took me about 3 and half hours to paint, I did not apply the darkest darks because I did not want them to sink in. Primarily whats important in the first stage for me is to get the right colors down, model them correctly and play around with the edges.
This is the finished result after the second session. I brought in the darks and it really unified the values, then I added more of the smaller details which brought it all together in the end. I hope you enjoyed it!