There is this really cool moment in portrait painting that I'd like to share with you.
It's cool cuz it makes me feel like Victor Frankensein meets super art nerd meets achievement unlocked.
As a portrait artist, I strive to successfully mix my eye with realism. I like realism, photo-realism inspires me, but there's something beautiful to be found in the error of the human eye and it's rendition of what it sees. I like the challenge of successfully finding that balance in my portrait paintings. I think this day in age with the advent and overabundance of image stiumuli and the internet, it's something a proud and dignified arist should take into consideration.
When is a person buying an image and when is a person buying YOUR ART.
one of my favorite moments in portrait painting involves titanium white. WHITEST UPON WHITE OF WHITE colors. It's that moment when you've spent hours and hours on the eyes and their shape and their angles and cuves and colors and holy shit you're so close to making this image POP....
and you get to put those tiny, delicate, bright white light moisture reflections in your subject's eyes.
it's the moment when this person, this rendition, this subject gets to come to living breathing life and with all the hopeful success, that shit just pops.
Hence, the Frankenstein-y-ness.
"Come to liiiiife, painting!"
It's a milestone moment in painting portraits for me.
Sometimes it's even better than the signature part.
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