I'm starting to enjoy painting on canvas again... When I started out, I learned early that canvas requires a lot of Layers. And honestly, it was difficult for me to focus on finishing. I would rush through because I was eager to start to next one. Having settled in to a "groove", I now paint on both mediums (standard canvas and wood panel), at the same time. When I have the "desire" to paint, I typically can choose one of three pending projects. This weekend, I started a new canvas project. Actually, I'm painting on a wood panel that has a canvas finish - The surface is a hard canvas. I decided to photo track the many layers.
I give myself an idea of the eyes, nose, and mouth position.
I used a yellow for the foundation/undertone. You can use any color really... I have used red in the past and even green. Then to start giving the painting dimension, I added a dark brown color to the cheeks, chin and forehead.
At this step, I'm not that great of selecting skin color... The skin color really selects itself. However, I decided to add a reddish brown tone...
I mixed up another color using various colors... and added another layer, highlighting the areas around the eyes... AND I used yellow to re-define the Eyes and mouth.
Mixed up another muggy brown color... and used water and layers and blending....
To this step I have used about 13 layers on the face alone... and probably just about 10 or so on the hair. One thing I want to do a better job of is tracking my time, but it's difficult because I literally will touch 2 or 3 different art projects in one sitting. I will guess that to this point, I have spent about 3 hours. And I think she will take at least another hour to get to a point of "completion".