Sunday, September 26, 2010

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Orla Island girl

The model, Orla, came from Northern Island and spoke with a British accent.
She didn't look like a typical New York city girl, her her face shows a hint of natural innocence.
Fontunely, she didn't put on any heavy make-up so I was able to see her natural skin tone very well.
The lighting was a little front angled so she put her face upwards. I was struggling a little to capture her likeness. I am not satisfied with this one, but I will try to do better next session.

Sunday, September 12, 2010

3 hour Alla Prima, Angel

The model, Angel, was dark skinned so I lowered the value down to one step for the medium light zone. The shadow areas were looking too dark so I exaggerated it with reflected colors from his red shirts and the green background. His facial structure was very clear. I enjoyed painting him.

3 hour Alaprima

Monday, September 6, 2010

Matt, 3 hour Alaprima

16"x24" Oil on canvas

Matt, underpainting

16"x24" Oil on canvas


Painting an oil portrait from life is always challenge to me. The model, Matt, is a prfessional model. He was measuring the time on his own, and kept his posture till the end. I tried to capture his strong facial expression with bold brush strokes.
I should have considered using more value contrast and color temperature over the light catching areas and the shade zone.


12"x16" Oil on panel

Sunday, September 5, 2010


The model, Shawna, used to be an actress in some movies.
She was taller than avarage Latino women and looked attractive. She a few Korean words and I was happy about that.
While painting, I was struggling a little to capture her skin tones and colors of her face because she put on heavy makeup. I am going to ask her to show me her natural beauty for art modeling next time.