Portrait: Hans Christian Kofoed (wip - state 8)
Painting/portrait: Layered painting method (wip)
Note: This is still work-in-process (unfinished). Read on for process photos and information (long post) ...
This is intended to develop into a portrait of Hans Christian Kofoed, the founder of Kofoeds Skole.
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.
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. States 5-8 were all painted with a brush.
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).
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 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:
This led me to erase the whole face as the proportions were not accurate enough for my liking. It was a nice painting, just not a good portrait. I would like this portrait to have better similarity. So I took the hard decision of starting over.
Relative to the reference photo I have changed the head tilt slightly so that H C Kofoed's face in the painting 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 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.
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