|A total redraw of Zac was the decision of the day. Steve is coming along just fine.|
Why should I scrap him, due to me not having enough balls to set things right with Zac?
I decided not to let it go. My objective is to master portraiture--at least get pretty good at it. Letting poor drawing slip by would mean achieving any degree of success with this genre would never happen.
There was something about Zac that was troublesome from the beginning. There was something about the size of his head that wasn't right. I should have caught it then. I didn't. I didn't want to. I had gotten his mother's eyes just right. I didn't want to lose that. Today, using Steve who measures out fine and is looking good, I remeasured, pinpointed the errors and went in again to make Zac Zac. His mother's eyes weren't good enough to keep him on that canvas malformed forever.
Giving him forty whacks with the brush was scary. Poor baby, looked like a zombie from one of those video games when I left the studio. But that's what success takes. Next painting, poor measurements, to the extent of having to do a total redraw, won't happen. I hope. I know.
And you know what else I know? Painting a portrait from a reference photograph is just fine no matter what you read. as long as your edges jive. Edges are mostly soft in real life with just a few hard dashes here and there.