Monday, April 6, 2009

Lesson Five-Hair and Brows

Lesson five is done and OH MY GOSH this one I found hard!!!.I hit a bit of the "fear" here again as I wanted to aim for realistic looking hair and for my lady to have dark hair with red/brown highlights.I painted the first colour with a mix of burnt umber,raw sienna and a drop of cardinal red.When it dried it looked flat black!!!.The next few days I kept looking at it not wanting to add any more colour in case it looked worse.Then yesterday I sat down and went "what the heck" and off I went paint brush in hand.I gradually added more raw sienna and cardinal red plus a tiny touch of black and built up about eight layers of hair strands slowly lightening the paint each layer as I went.Lastly I did four layers of highlight colour in even lighter tones where I thought the light source would be reflecting off her glossy dark hair.

a little closer
and right up close

The other thing I have changed since lesson four is her nose and lips.I moved the nose tip lower and made the bottom lip fuller.As I'm working from a magazine image I wanted it to be like the person I was looking at and that is how her lips and nose are.

8 comments:

Talking Horses Arts said...

She looks great! lots of personality!
Andrea.

Joanne said...

Congratulations! Her hair looks fabulous!

Brenda said...

Fantastic! I love her hair too, you did a wonderful job on it, all those lovely strokes. I'm loving her!

BurningRubber said...

I think you are doing an awsome job! She looks amaizing. You have alot of tallent. Quit being so hard on yourself and loosen up. It is only paper. It doesnt have to be a Rembrant right off. Relax and enjoy the process.

Mónica Zúñiga said...

Thanks for your visit to my blog! I´m so glad you like my works, thank you!

I think you did a fantastic job with the hair, it is very difficult to achieve a realistic feel but you did it! You have a great talent! :)

Cheers...Moni.

Bevlea said...

fantastic Annette! love the depth you have in the eyes too

Lee Ann Spillane: said...

The hair does look amazing. I'm already thinking I'll adopt your "what the heck" stance on my second piece!

Gretz said...

Wow that is FANTASTIC. The eyes are amazing! And I love the (Angelina) lips.

ALl I can say is WOW!!!!

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