Portrait of a senior man

New week, new portrait challenge 🙂

This time around, the subject is a man of around 60, and as usual I based myself on a photo. It took around 2h to finish. Once more, I haven’t really analysed the structure of the head based on the head planes – I should really start looking into them more seriously.

senior-man-portrait

The skin might look a bit too smooth for an elderly person, however I am quite happy with the way I rendered wrinkles and the lost elasticity of the skin around the eyes. But in fact the eyes are not the focus of this portrait – as it was the case of my previous portrait project. In my opinion, the focus in this one is the subtle smile, the position of the head and the overall handsomeness of this particular senior citizen. The intention was to transmit the affection and love the person probably felt when the photo was taken.

I was a bit nervous about how I was going to draw the beard and hair, especially that there is a mixture of very white hairs and some darker shades, especially in the brows and corners of the mouth. I think it came out realistically and this is how I did it: I started out with a bigger brush (used something not very smooth – oil brush or chalk), in a darker shade of gray. Then I moved to smaller and smaller brush sizes up to pure white and tried to imitate the position of the hairs as they were on the reference photo. Did not blend because i wanted for the hairs to be distinguishable (and that it doesn’t become a compact mass of silky white hair).

The final touch was the burn tool which I used with a rather low intensity so as to darken precisely those areas that I wanted in the beard, brows and hairs. I did not have to use the dodge tool for this one. For this portrait I did not have to liquify virtually at all, although I flipped the canvas several times.

I’m looking forward to the next portrait subject 🙂 !

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