Depp or Sheen? This portrait in progress is hovering in between these two actors.
Standing way back as I am when examining this study's computer translation, I would say Sheen at the moment. My shadows aren't dark enough as yet so Depp's facial muscles aren't Depp enough. His mouth needs adjustment too. BUT I AM GETTING DIRECT PAINTING! And that's what I'm after. Every stroke is getting looser. Color values are being mixed more accurately on the palette, instead of trial and error on the canvas, as I did in the past. I'm using colors spacially. However, I am still painting back and forth between darks, lights and mid tones--risky business in direct painting. Colors can get muddy. It's hard to shake off original teachings of dark to light. It's hard to just think additive instead of vacillating between the additive and subtractive method of charcoal and pencil drawing.