16 – Less is more

Ok, the lesson for today is “less is more” I want you to compare today’s painting with the one I did for St Valentine’s day. I took a lot longer trying to get the likeness in the VD painting, making a million pencil lines and erasures, and in the end, it still wasn’t right. The reference for this painting was mostly deep shadows, but I knew if I followed the shadow, the face would appear. And it did. This is a wonderful likeness of Donald. It shows his smile (with about 3 brush strokes) and shows his posture and attitude quite well. I recommend you try it!

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3 Responses to 16 – Less is more

  1. Jackie says:

    Such a wonderful painting. Less really is more – your skilful shading works so well.

  2. Leslie White says:

    Really good. It took me a long time to learn how to carve out the lights on anything and sometimes I still can’t get it right. This is a really nice study about light and dark!

  3. You do such a wonderful job with your faces. I totally agree that sometimes less is more… The challenge for me is always drawing/painting what I actually see rather than drawing/painting what I “think” something should look like…

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