Still building up the skin tones-very careful not to go too yellow! I’m still leaving the light highlights and making the darker areas darker. You can start to see the tonal values coming through now. Because I have fair skin I have to be careful to not go too yellow. Previously I’ve painted portraits that have browner skin, people from Fiji, Tonga etc. These are beautiful rich colours that can be built up more easily. Rosy pink is harder to get right. You can see in this photo that I’ve drawn in wrinkles and creases-I think you have to be honest when painting a portrait-you can’t airbrush-especially a self portrait!
This is the stage of using some skin tones. I closely observe the colours in the photo I’m working from and try to match them, but you need to build these colours up gradually. It takes patience, letting each layer dry before adding the next. There is a highlight on the left cheek and the bottom lip that needs to be retained.