Last week, I asked my daughter what she wanted to do over the ‘Herfstvakantie’, or autumn break, and the only thing she said was that she wanted to make a painting with me. Brilliant. So after an inspiring weekend away at a 17th century chateau in Champagne, France with an amazing group of people…she knew she wanted to paint ‘herself playing with her friends in France’. However, I couldn’t find a photo of all of them together- so had to do a bit of photoshopping… and we set to work.
She learned the concept of underpainting. She chose the color gray because that’s the dominant color in the background, and was diligent in ‘leaving no white!’
She then used chalk pastel to block out shapes and some basic proportions. This was my demo:
We discussed value changes (shadows) as well as how to mix changes in skin tones and hair color.