I might have to stop everything I’m working on, and do a portrait of Prince.
As I continued working on the Portrait for Kassie, I noticed the sepia tones I was using were a bit too scattered. I don’t want the painting to have multiple colors; the idea is for the work to have a single sepia color, with varying degrees of dark and light.
So, I created one sepia tone, and decided to wash the whole painting with the color.
Here are some close-ups of the progress:
I want the background to be more blended into the subjects, to make the entire painting more cohesive. I might darken the background to match the darker tone of the subjects… but I am leaning more toward lightening Kassie’s friend and her dog. For example, her shirt and hair would be lightened, as would the dog’s face and nose. I think a lighter painting would look better inside a typically decorated home/apartment. Dark paintings can be very jarring on white walls.