Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Portrait Marathon: #13 - Fletcher

acrylic on canvas, 5 x 5
© Xan Blackburn
Fletcher's mom is like me, I'm afraid: photographically challenged.  Alas, those of us suffering this affliction are lucky to avoid getting our thumbs on the lens.  After taking another try, we collected what we both agreed we'd better settle for, though it was still a bit vague.  So, what to do?  Invent detail, or keep the painting simpler, more impressionistic?
I sort of chose a middle ground.  This scan, despite my attentions in photoshop, insist on being more garish than subtle, which is a shame.  There's a lovely bit of shading to indicate the warm light bouncing up and around even on this shadowy side of his handsome face.  Well, at least his mom will see it, in person!

Next up, Rebecca's Coltrane!
Fletcher - in progress
© Xan Blackburn

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