This post really shows how much an painting can change from beginning to end. I was inspired to paint a portrait of Tom Petty after learning of his death this past week. I wanted to paint on a large piece of cardboard, 22 x 28. I like the cardboard for several reasons. The texture is different and the color is a beautiful mid-tone brown that looks great with the darks and lights. I started with a very basic outline and then filled in the darkest values. I also used a wallpaper scrap for the vest, as it was a brocade pattern. You can see the reference image that I used was a Rolling Stone cover from 1991. The other thing that I wanted to emphasize was the negative space around the hair. I used titanium white in the background to play against the texture of the hair. I also mixed transparent yellow oxide for the additional skin tones.
So at this point there is not really a lot of detail on the face.
Here you can see the photo reference. I love how the face is really starting to glow. Quite a bit of the cardboard is still showing through, but being enhanced by the beautiful yellow tones. At this point the only colors I have used are Mars black, Titanium white, and the Transparent yellow oxide. The green vest is wallpaper, glued on.
The finished painting. I have added Dioxozine Purple and Phthalo Green.
I live in Prescott, Arizona with my husband and two dogs. I love to paint live.