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Portrait: Hans Christian Kofoed (wip - state 15)

Painting/portrait: Layered painting method. With process photos 2018-now
Note: This is work-in-process (unfinished).

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"Hans Christian Kofoed" (WIP) Left: previous state, right: current.
Acrylics on manipulated paper. 2018- (wip). Around A3 size.

For state 15, similarity was sacrificed somewhat in order to get angle of head vs body right (or, at least better). I still expect to do a few states more before I'm satisfied. Read on for process photos and information ...

This is intended to develop into a portrait of Hans Christian Kofoed, the founder of Kofoeds Skole.

Process

The painting process started in 2018. Below some process photos. Note: most of these have really bad similarity to the reference photo. That is due to the process: For each state focus is on a few selected elements and everything else is ignored. Next state will then focus on something else, and so it continues until all elements have been processed at least once.

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Process photos:
Top: state 1 (left), state 2 (middle), state 3 (right).
Row 2: state 4 (left), state 5 (middle), state 6 (right).
Row 3: state 7 (left), state 8 (middle), state 9 (right).
Row 4: state 10 (left), state 11 (middle), state 12 (right)
Row 5: state 13, state 14

State zero was a (very) quickly done watercolour sketch which washed away entirely during the manipulation of the paper (a process which involves plenty of water).

Reference

As my subject is no longer alive I had to base my portrait on a photo. For reference I used a bad quality reproduction of an official photo sourced from a local newspaper (see "state 6" -photo below). The reference photo is small (smaller than DIN A5), cropped, unsharp, and dark relative to the original photo. Neither the original official photo nor the newspaper reproduction seems to be available on the internet.

In essence I worked from an under-sized bad quality print of a manipulated photo of a photo (!).

Before starting on state 6 I discovered the original photo that my reference photo was based on. Here is state 5 and the original photo:

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Top: State 5 and original photo
Bottom: Line-tracing of original photo.

Relative to the reference photo I have changed the orientation of the head as well as the orientation of the upper body. Of course this means that I have to paint most of the portrait without being able to use the reference photo. IOW I have to (1) guess what my subjects features would look like from the angle I intend to paint him. Also, I have to (2) paint it exactly as it would have been, if only... These are two separate -- and not exactly simple -- tasks.

2020.11.05 21:38 in Painting

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