04 May 2010

Cowboy Painting - Early Stages

I'm hesitant to put this on here but I wanted to show everyone what I was working on last night. First of all to set the mood, I busted out the Redheaded Stranger LP by Willie Nelson and slapped it on the turntable. I still think vinyl is the best true sound!  I'm not a big portrait artist....as a matter of fact, I have hardly ever done any portrait paintings.  I drew up the cowboy without any references...so it's not supposed to be anyone in particular.  I've got this image in my head of how I want this to turn out...hopefully I can get it close. Canvas size: 12 x 12.  I'm not really going for realistic...so that is a good thing!  I put in two background layers last night and a undercoat of red on the shirt and hat band.  Tonight I'm going to work on the shirt and hat.  Then I'll tackle the dreaded face.  I'll keep you posted if it's turning out okay...if not, you may never hear from this cowboy again....he may hit the trail.

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