Thanksgiving, 2013. This is Blake as I know him. Lighthearted, compassionate and at times a little goofy.
I have a curious need to paint portraits now. I'm not sure where that is coming from but it's not going away so I'm going for it. Bear with me while I get my bearings on this difficult new genre.
I guess it's similar to painting still life in that you paint what you see but I'm finding it does help to know a little bit about anatomy - which I don't - but I'm discovering as I go along. For instance, why doesn't the mouth look right?? Because of subtle plane changes around the muzzle that I didn't consider. Kind of makes a difference. Especially if the plane is going in the wrong direction. Yikes.
And of course I didn't start with a standard, out of the box, straight forward pose. This pose defies some of the standard proportions I've read about so I did a little eyeballing. Speaking of which, (the eyeballs) are a little larger than life but kind of helps the overall expression, don't you think?