Portrait of Lionel
Oil on Canvas (10x12in)
This small oil sketch of Lionel was painted on Thursday from life in just over two hours. Every Thursday morning I paint with a group of other portrait enthusiasts in an old scout hut. There are quite a few of us around the model so positions are eagerly sought and even jostled for. I found myself with a side profile position but as Lionel has such a great profile it was a good view to have. The one one thing I might have changed (if I could have controlled the lighting) was that the portrait would have benefited from a bit more contrast. I took along my camera to record what I was seeing and the steps that took me to the finished sketch. I worked alla prima and as usual tend to modify the drawing issues along the way. I hope it gives a reasonable idea of my process.