I’m happy to finished with this figure in oil painting, I’m also happy that I stuck with it for so long. One thing I really need to work on is longevity for individual paintings, most of my finished work is finished in under 3 hours.
I have learned a lot with this painting. As a review for myself here is a short list of things that I have observed while doing this painting.
- I need to slow down and get it as correct as I can with every stroke.
- Blending each stroke is not necessary, instead recognized the value and color shift over the form and paint that.
- Hard edged brushes leave hard edge paint strokes, use a worn bristle brush for a more natural texture.
- Mix piles of paint before you start, at least a value range of 5 piles from dark to light in similar to the skin tone of the model.
- Draw the figure in charcoal first for better accuracy.
- Don’t start painting until the drawing is correct.
- Have the right materials that work for me.
- Recognize my mood and cut the session short or takes beaks if I need.
- Snap a photo of painting to check progress.