Friday, January 23, 2015

General Tips on Painting A General

Lieut. General Sir Harold Fawcus
Director of The British Red Cross
1876- 1947
By Johanna Spinks

Close-up...All those medals! Keep them simple.
Go for the structure. Thanks to Philip De Laszlo for always showing me the way.  John Singer Sargent too. I researched both men for their military portraits.

Keep the paint fresh. This head was painted in two sittings.

Get the main details going before you ice the cake, i.e. paint all those details. Good photo reference. Do your homework. Look to the masters for inspiration. Study. Study.

A strong drawing start as the foundation and a nice warm ground to paint some good cools on top.


Anonymous said...

Wow, the portrait painting looks really very beautiful. The details and also all these color composition are very perfect and beautiful. Again the quick tips you shared are amazing.

johanna spinks said...

Thank you! I am glad you enjoyed the post and quick tips.