People seem to really like blending that body/face/figure to an inch of its' life so the skin looks more lifeless than at a morgue on a cold Monday morning. Certainly classical figure painting is at an all time high in popularity right now. Just look at the art magazines and competition results. Pages of smoothed skin. Nothing wrong with that at all and I truly admire the artists that do classical realism so well. Jeremy Lipking would be a prime example of this www.lipking.com
He is a real master.
I am still finding I want a somewhat polished look in my palette knife figure work...it will be interesting to see where this journey goes.
Off my easel to day...figure study.
By Johanna Spinks