Underpainting of Head of Child

Head of Child - Underpainting Demo
8" x 10", Oil on linen

This was a demonstration in the basics of underpainting (grisaille) technique. The Face is warm (raw umber + white) and the background is cool (ivory black and white).

This is the stage that divides the object (face in this case) into light and shadow. Where these two values meet defines form and creates the nature of the halftone. 

This is the beginning stage of a painting where you use very thick paint and establish the likeness. 

The next stage would be to glaze (transparent paint) the face with skin tone color and then build heavy layers of light into that wet glaze.

The shadows are kept thin, transparent and warm.

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