Thursday, February 23, 2012

FPM #8: Emmet stage 3

Emmet - work in progress
Acrylic on canvas, 5" x 5"
©Xan Blackburn 2012
 Fall Portrait Marathon, Emmet!

Emmet is really coming along nicely.  

He got another wash of diluted red, which doesn't look so weird now, but seemed very sun-burn-ish when I first looked at it.  Lots of layering of shading and color has gone on.  See the difference? 
Emmet - work in progress
Acrylic on canvas, 5" x 5"
©Xan Blackburn 2012

I'm still not thrilled with the modeling on the sweater, but it still has time to come together.  I do like how the color is building up dimension on his face.  I'm headed towards glazing in some white, which will pull it together in an amazing way.  

I'm calling it a day for now, but I wanted to share with you what Merann has to say about Emmet, after looking at the first two installments.  (She has several nicknames for him, including PoPo.)
What to say about PoPo - he has quality of life with his meds.  Never could you meet a sweeter cat who for 7 years endured such pain - that he could barely walk.  He KNOWS when I sit down - how - I don't know.  but when I do - here comes his nekkid butt running and I mean RUNNING down the stairs and leaps in my lap.  He then proceeds to head butt me - and smear my lipstick and knock my earrings out of my ears.  My little Mo.  This tiny little baby curls up in my arms at night - takes one of those poor injured paws and pats me on the cheek.  (OH great now I'm gonna cry). He drifts off to sleep and has little kitty dreams where he twitches and I sincerely hope - runs without pain.  He is my dear darling PoPoLITO - my little purrito.  He is 10 years old and I hope he is with me for a very very long time. 

We won't talk about the peeing on the bathroom carpets. hhahahahhahahaa
He's a special little guy.  The peachy feel to his naked skin makes you feel very protective of him, and his tiny toes, deformed without their final claw and joint, are incredibly touching.  Merann totally saved this little guy's life.

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