I’m really excited by this portrait. It’s the first portrait I’ve ever done in the opaque acrylic style. It was a culmination of all the stuff I’ve been reading and practicing so just to have it work out was a big moment. I think the main thing is that I had a process clearly in mind and just went at it one step at a time. I’m including the first stage which was where the difference in the opaque approach was really evident. No more thinking in a watercolour manner and building things up and preserving the whites. I just got the whole surface covered in various darks. After that it was just a matter of refining it.
acrylic on paper
8.5″ X 11″