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Portrait: Hans Christian Kofoed (wip - state 5)

Painting/portrait: Layered painting method (wip)

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"Hans Christian Kofoed" (WIP - state 5).
Acrylics on manipulated un-bleached paper. 2018- (wip). Around A3 size.

Note: This is still work-in-process (unfinished). Read on for process photos and information ...

While this may look like some random businessman, it is intended to develop into a portrait of Hans Christian Kofoed, the founder of Kofoeds Skole. I expect to go through around at least six states before it will be finished.

For state 5 focus was on getting better similarity and proportions. Also, some experiments with slightly different hair styles. As per state 5 the use of black/white may make the portrait seem a little "cartoon-ish". I will attempt to remove this effect in a later state.

There are still "issues": the hairstyle, the style of the suit, shirt and tie (40's vs "more modern") is still largely undecided atm. A little more work on similarity is also required. And then, of course, details and finish (this comes last).

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Process photos:
Top: state 1 (left), state 2 (right). Bottom: state 3 (left), state 4 (right).


Overview: Technically state 1 is a verdaccio layer on manipulated paper. In states 2+3 the two components of verdaccio (black, yellow umber) has been applied un-mixed as well as mixed. For state 3+4, a little white has been used as well. For state 3 black was applied generously, while for the other states almost all that looks black is in fact a very dark green.

State 5 uses mostly black and white, and a little verdaccio. State 5 was painted almost exclusively using brush, two different sizes.

Method: For state 1 a brush was used, and a little finger painting. States 2, 3 were done mostly with finger painting, and very little brush. For state 4 brush was used moderately along with finger painting, and some sponge painting. Here, "brush" means a thin brush (~2mm head diameter at the thickest spot), and only one brush. It was used only for details.

There was a state zero, although only as part of the process towards state 1. State zero was a (very) quickly done watercolour sketch (using brush) which washed away entirely during the manipulation of the paper (a process which involves plenty of water).

Time: State one was done in less than an hour, the other states required more than one hour. I did not record time spent but my best guess is that four hours is the maximum time spent on any particular state. Estimated total time for states 1-4 is probably a little less than 10 hours. State 5 was around 2-3 hours.

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. The reference photo is small (smaller than DIN A5), cropped, unsharp, and dark relative to the original which I have only seen a photo of. Neither the original official photo nor the newspaper reproduction seems to be available on the internet.

Relative to the reference photo, I have changed the head tilt slightly (very little) so that H C Kofoed's face has a different orientation than on the reference photo. Of course this means that some features have to be modified without having a reference for the modification - and still the face must look like the face from the photo, only: as seen from a slightly different angle. Don't try this at home ...

Photo note: The photos above were taken in different light. That is the reason why state 1 appears "green-ish" while state 2 appears "red-ish". Large portions of the colour space is in fact identical from state 1 to state 2.

2018.05.04 17:16


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