Wednesday, September 8, 2010

"100 Faces, No. 19"


I thought you might like to see the progression of this new face - which I painted on a chocolate-like ground color. It took roughly an hour to complete. I also made a short YouTube movie.






































































4 x 4"
oil on masonite
sold




39 comments:

Mary Anne Cary said...

Thanks Karen! What a treat, and an awesome lesson for us novices!

Chris said...

Awesome.

cynaga@sbcglobal.net said...

So beautiful~! Love these tiny portraits.

Sharon Alama Art said...

Within an hour?? Awesome!
Thanks for the "X-ray vision" progression!
I really like the choc. brown showing
on the 3rd to last one also.

Janie B said...

That was awesome! Thanks for sharing your process. I have to ask you this...why do you work so small? Isn't that harder?

Denise R said...

All I can seem to think of to say is "Wow"!

Paintings by Irit Bourla said...

WOW!
Amazing.
Thanks so very much for sharing.

carol morgan carmichael said...

Thanks for sharing the process. Ditto to all above. I have come to the realization after painting several years that you kind of move from someone who draws to someone who sculpts. Personaly anyway. Sculpting is lots more fun.

Dana Cooper said...

I love it Karin, thanks for sharing that!

K Spoering said...

Fantastic! Thank you so much!

Lesley Spanos said...

Thank you, Karin! It's always interesting to see how magic is made. If I hadn't seen the WIP, I would've sworn you painted on a black ground. Love how the background is enveloping his hair.

Bill Nagel said...

you should "show your work" more often.

Anne Marie Propst said...

Karin, thank you so much. This was wonderful to view and see how you build the features. The portraits are fabulous and this was helpful. Do you map the features by measuring to get a likeness? Great work and such an inspiration.

Dale Sherman Blodget said...

THANKS! that was so nice of you. Did you set a timer? It's so hard to remember to take progress shots, but you did a great job. Love the portrait (s).

Kim said...

Awesome! Thanks for showing process.

bricarwaller said...

Wow love the process! Terrific!

robin peterson said...

That had to be tough to keep the flow going with all the photo interruptions! Doesn't look like you missed a beat. You are a gift! Thanks.

joshua sierk said...

whatever the process, you got great results.. but i enjoyed seeing the process anyway. peace

dominique eichi said...

I really appreciated this progression of pics of your portrait. WOnderful

daniel adu-yeboah said...

Another great work...thanx!

innersmile said...

this is wonderful, thank you so much.

Meg Temple said...

Thank you!!!

Irina said...

Thank you!

Rodica Voicu said...

Wonderful! Great lesson, thank you very much Karin!!

donna said...

Perfect! Thanks so much for showing the steps. It still seems mostly like magic, but...

Julie Hill said...

Karen, thank you so much for taking the time to document the steps. what a treat for us to take in.

Elizabeth Destouches said...

So informative and beautifully executed. Thank you

Nina said...

This was very interesting! I'm a portrait painter myself, and your different stages are very good! I love your technique and the way you handle that brush. Do you ever video your progress on a portrait?

Bridget Hunter said...

Thankyou. This is invaluable.

Anita Tresslar said...

Thank you Karin. Everytime I see one of these portraits I have to remind myself that it is only
4"x". I love seeing works in progress.

Laurel Alanna McBrine said...

An hour! Wow, obviously you have put in your 10,000 hours and are reaping the benefits. Thanks for posting your process.

What size brush do you use for such a small support?

Sheila Vaughan said...

Fascinating to see that - thanks Karin. And congratulations on this vibrant new series!

Susan Hediger-Matteson said...

Thanks Karin! It is great to see how you approach this challenging subject. It has inspired me to try faces again, especially those daunting skin tones.

You do beautiful work.

Katie Wilson-Bernatas said...

Awesome.

Mary Sheehan Winn said...

WOW!! Thank YOU for that fantastic demo movie!

Paulo Zerbato said...

This sequence of photos are amazing! Fantastic!!

Abstract Painting said...

Wow scrolling down fast gave such an incredible effect on the screen!
Great sequence.

Rodney said...

Thanks for sharing this, it's great to see the process and of course the result!

Jane said...

Fantastic how you 'build' a face !