I have wanted to paint Alan now for at least a year. One good reason: he sits real well. Second reason: he carries on fascinating conversation while he is sitting. So this is my step-by-step sketch of a dear friend.
I quickly sketched his head shape to start off. Unfortunately this looks more like Voltaire than Alan, but I took care of that later.
I sketched in the rest of his body and added the shading on his lower face.
Glasses next, and definition to the lower shaded area.
At this point I realized that his face was too low in his head and so I shifted his face up.
Clean up of the nose and a little forehead and chin work, too.
At this point I realized that I had skewed the whole figure. Often artists will twist the figure without realizing it, but I try to eliminate all skew in my own work.
Now I get to begin laying color down!
At this point I am playing with form through the use of warm and cool colors.
Whenever I paint, I am constantly refining edges, constantly trying to determine if the expression is right.
At a certain point I abandon all hope of a masterpiece and just try to finish the painting. I enjoyed painting Alan very much and look forward to the next opportunity to sketch him.