Recently I decided that I wanted to start painting narrative pieces, rather than staying safe with more portraits. This painting is my attempt at capturing a moment of a character’s life. It has a Russian theme which I’ve also been trying to push in my paintings lately. It shows a ‘babushka’ (Russian for grandmother or old lady) making a purchase at a bazaar.
In this tutorial, I’ll share my thoughts at each stage of the painting. I learned a lot during this painting and I’ll share it with you here, so hopefully you can benefit from it too.
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|I decided to give the jacket a darker purple wash. This is the color that I want to show through in some areas of the shadows. I try to keep my shadows thin, so whatever is underneath will come through to a degree.|
|I clean up shapes and edges and add subtle things I missed the first time.|
|Later on in the painting, I came back to the hood because I felt that the color of the light wasn’t cool enough. The hood seemed to be very monochromatic, so the blue color notes definitely helped.|
|The finished head. I will explain in more detail in the last step…|
The Jacket, Hands, and Background
|I finished the background and painted the hand that I’ve been avoiding this whole time. At the end of this session I called the painting complete and signed it. But I left somewhat unsatisfied…|