Monday, January 26, 2009
Face from the cloisonné factory
The owner of the Chinese dog I nicknamed 'the little emperor', guarding the cloisonné factory just outside Beijing. It was good to get away from the grey faces of the Forbidden City and also to use colours in the clothes that complimented the skin tones! I used the usual combination of colours in the skin- Light Yellow Ochre and Venetian Red for the base layers - but also a lot of Polychromos Burnt Ochre in this man's skin to give it a warmer glow. Then over that I tried to show how weathered and leathery his skin was. although I have to say this is really only 90% finished. Last week was so stressful (mentioned on my other blog) that I really just hadn't the energy to finish it properly. The wrinkles on the forehead need a little softening, the chin made slightly less angular, the neck more shading and the jacket less sketchy. But overall I like it as it looks close to a sort of drawing style I like and not too photo realistic. It's probably the first drawing I've done where I've actually enjoyed doing the wrinkles too!