I went to Patris’ studio for a three-hour pose. A young man from Poland visiting family here in the States posed for us. I spend the first 20 minutes coming up with this sketch. After practicing for 25 days, I was able to get the essentials in – establishing the light and dark patterns and hitting the highlights and deepening the darkest areas. Since the face was the focus the hair was slightly indicated.
Then the rest of the time was spend on painting. Only the Zorn palette. I mainly concentrated on the colors – getting the of the light and shadow colors of the skin. But when I stepped back I realized that I had made the light color too light. Next time I’ll go for the halftone of the light.
There are other areas I need to work on – eyes too small, nose off centered but I’m happy with the colors.