I’m sticking a fork in this one and calling it done. This handsome subject presented a few hurdles which turned out to be a bit more challenging than first anticipated. If you’ve read any of my previous posts you will recognize this image. It’s the same painting with a few tweaks. Initially, I thought his right eye was too high (I wished that were the case). Turns out the entire lower half of his face needed to be shifted ‘left’.
There were a few minor adjustments as well. The crown of the head needed a little fattening up along with his left cheek. Of course, that required me to repaint his left ear, which actually came out better, I think.
Here is the previous version:
Was it really necessary to redo all that work? This is not a commission piece so who’s gonna know, right? You could argue either way but I like to do my best to get an accurate likeness. It’s sort of a personal challenge for me to test my draftsmanship.
All in all he was a wonderful subject! Just look at the character of those features! The wisdom of the years is upon that brow and oh, the things those eyes must have seen …