This image is my first step on trying out portrait painting. The canvass is a 20cm x 20cm and I started with an image of my later father outside their house. After viewing a couple of video files from Andrew Tischler (a professional portrait artist) I set about identifying 12 images that would be challenging so that I could learn more about this aspect of art.
The panel at first was given a light coat of ochre and once this had dried I then used the same medium to rough out the edge and so that I could then start blocking in the colours. No grid was used, the portrait was sketched out. Whilst I prefer this technique, if can and does lead to distortion. The result being that you need to continually review the image for accuracy.