Oil on Board (14 x 12 in)
This oil portrait sketch was done from life in two short sittings (total of 3-4 hours). Robert is a new model on the local circuit and when he arrived for the first session I knew I was going to enjoy painting him. I really like the challenge of painting a head where the form of the skull is so evident. Although this poses different problems to a head with hair, it is not any easier if it is going to be convincing. Each and every head is so different that attempting to capture a likeness and produce a half decent painting means I will always be stretched by painting portraits.