|Zac is starting to make a recovery from reconstruction surgery|
|The cat's eyes are the cat's meow and the focus of the planned painting.|
If you don't have a likeness, you don't have an acceptable portrait, (drawing). If you don't have the right skin tones, (colors and values), you don't have an acceptable portrait.
So you just keep working at it. Though I'm talking to myself and using a lot of superlatives, I'm loving every minute. Portraiture fascinates me. I get totally absorbed and very determined. Zac's expression is what is holding me to this. I get this one down, what's so tough about a half smile Leonardo?
Not tortured enough, I chose a photograph from Taylor's FB photo collection (perhaps taken by my son Steve) for the painting I promised her for Thanksgiving. I figure, the way I work and not being a cat person, I better get started on it. I blew up and cropped in to what's important to me; and I decreased the exposure to get as dark as possible and still (barely) see the whites of Taylor's eyes and highlights on her nose and jaw line. It is not Mr. Fuz Zy Pants who will keep me interested; it's Taylor's role in the composition as a secondary lead to the focal point. I'm thinking one color, monochromatic, but first the drawing.