Christmas is coming and I usually paint a couple of Tshirts for family members as prezzys. I haven’t picked up my airbrushes in a year due to my injury causing a steady degradation of my muscle motor skills, making things very frustrating.
So this year I am starting with a 16x20 canvass as bigger is easier, and a portrait. See if you can guess who it is. This will be a step by step walk through of how I like to work. I prefer to work dark to light, so my canvass has been prepped in black. I am using auto air colours which are semi transparent and transparent. Using transparent paints allows you to build your shades and colours gradually, this is going to be black and white as I don’t want to mix complicated skin tones atm and just be able to focus on getting my control back.
The reference might help lol, but its out of focus, due to my hand shaking. I printed out a pic, which I am using as a stencil. It makes the job faster, I could draw it out by hand, but I only have about 4 weeks before I have to start another. So this is the speedy way. Its kind of like painting by numbers but without the numbers
So I have my print out and I am removing all the light areas of the pic, with an exacto knife, to line up the important bits, eyes, nose and mouth. Once these are in place I will just free hand from there. This is where my favourite game of spot the difference starts between my pic and reference, usually after a smoke. One needs good visual skills to see different subtleties in shade and colour and understand how they affect each other.