Yesterday I finished the video tutorial “Four ways to draw a portrait onto the canvas”. And on Youtube, in the first 24 hours, the video had more than 600 visits. I am really glad people are so much interested. I received a lot of enthusiastic reactions.
I must thank my models for their kind cooperation & patience. Also thanks to Rob Kietselaer and Will Sophie for the beautiful guitar music!
Yesterday and today we did the shooting for the video “How to transfer the drawing of a portrait onto the canvas”. My friend Luis was my model and he was sitting really good. I use charcoal in order to be able making corrections during the session. I thought of finishing the video next week but I will be off to London for a portrait commission. So it will take longer.
I am preparing a short video in which I explain four ways to transfer a drawing of a portrait onto the canvas. Three sections are finished and tomorrow we will start the shooting for: drawing from the observation of the live model. It will take some time to finish the final editing and the voice over but within a two weeks I hope I will able to show you the result.
Portrait Painting Tips has been active now for twenty months. It has been my pleasure to keep you informed about everything that I have considered to be of interest. Mainly of course it’s been about portrait painting but also about the everyday stuff from gardening to hiking, from village affairs to the foreign trips I have been making for my work as a portrait painter. I certainly plan to continue doing so and I still have lots of ideas. So far, there has been a lot of interest in the Video Tutorial “Portrait of a Little Boy“. I have received many enthusiastic responses from people all over the world who have purchased this video, and the same question always comes back: “When is the next video coming out?” Well, it took longer than I was expecting, but now it´s finally here.
To celebrate the release of the New Video Tutorial ”Portrait of a little girl“, I have adapted the whole Portrait Painting Tips project to the demands of its growing success. So, I sought advice from the relevant experts and the design looks better and the content is now easier to find. I really hope you like it.
On the recommendation of one of the students in my portrait painting course in France, I read two books: Brunelleschi´Dome and the Pope´s Ceiling, by Ross King.
Brunelleschi is instructed to build the dome of the Santa Maria del Fiore cathedral in Florence while he actually is a goldsmith and Michelangelo is commissioned to paint the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel, with little experience as a painter (though famed for his sculpture David). Ross King describes in both books, on compelling way, the life and works of the two great masters, in a time full of drama. The books give a wonderful glimpse into the heyday of the Italian Renaissance. I enjoy every page. Continue reading