Monday, April 11, 2011

Oil Portrait - Zorn Palette Extended

Here's another oil portrait. Like that Steven Assael copy, this was the extended zorn palette, which is titanium white, cadmium yellow pale, yellow ochre, cadmium red light, alizarin crimson, ultramarine blue, and ivory black. Despite only having 7 colors, it's a pretty complex palette to work in, when you learn about using relative grays to get warms and cools with just the 4 colors of the zorn palette, adding more chromatic colors and a real blue gives soooo many possibilities that it's hard to decide what to use, and we're still nowhere near using a full color palette, haha.

As far as this particular painting goes, I'm kinda on the fence with it. I like some of the color and handling of paint, but my drawing is way off and it's not working too well compositionally. The reference also had really crazy light so it was hard to tell which planes were which, so my lighting ended up being somewhat inconsistent. But, practice makes perfect I suppose.

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