This is a commissioned portrait I just finished of the entertainer, Zakk Wylde...
It was painted/airbrushed on a 12" x 16" canvas.
I used Createx Wicked acrylics and Createx Illustration paints

Rough Sketch on the canvas

Masked off and the background was airbrushed

Defining the base color tones for the painting

Final color tones and detailed face and beard

Detail of the beard

I used a knife point to scratch in the lighter details

The scratch marks were then tinted with a thin wash

The face highlights were done using an electric eraser

Every hair was under painted, scratched and then tinted - it took quite awhile.

The end result

It was a complex painting to do and, due to the relatively small canvas, quite a challenge to complete.

The new owner loves it and that's all that matters in the end.

Cheers - Dallas

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Still a really lovely portrait, even if it isn't quite what you had hoped Beverly. I agree, the upside down drawing can be helpful for some work. 

I certainly like your style, but without seeing the reference photo, it's hard to define where it could be in error.
I am guessing it may be a proportional problem...
There is a really great tool to help overcome this. It's called a scale or proportional divider....Derwent makes a good one.
Here is how they work....
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z_Pa_nauFpg

This is another video with great tips on proportion and scaling.....
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ENBv-TZjZb8

I hope these are helpful - Cheers

Beverly Burrows said:

only problem is I can't include the ref. photo.  I didn't "nail" her.  It's close.  



Dallas Nyberg said:

I certainly like your style, but without seeing the reference photo, it's hard to define where it could be in error.
I am guessing it may be a proportional problem...
There is a really great tool to help overcome this. It's called a scale or proportional divider....Derwent makes a good one.
Here is how they work....
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z_Pa_nauFpg

This is another video with great tips on proportion and scaling.....
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ENBv-TZjZb8

I hope these are helpful - Cheers

Beverly Burrows said:

only problem is I can't include the ref. photo.  I didn't "nail" her.  It's close.  

I think the proportions are right, but it's the subtleties, I think ..check it out.  I don't know if I can put it here or not

that looks like a very helpful tool

Beverly Burrows said:



Dallas Nyberg said:

I certainly like your style, but without seeing the reference photo, it's hard to define where it could be in error.
I am guessing it may be a proportional problem...
There is a really great tool to help overcome this. It's called a scale or proportional divider....Derwent makes a good one.
Here is how they work....
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z_Pa_nauFpg

This is another video with great tips on proportion and scaling.....
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ENBv-TZjZb8

I hope these are helpful - Cheers

Beverly Burrows said:

only problem is I can't include the ref. photo.  I didn't "nail" her.  It's close.  

Electric eraser!? I had to look that up. I've never used or been around one. You erased acrylics?

Hi Amelia...
Yes, you can erase them, I use a Derwent Electric Eraser.
They come supplied with erasing tips, which are made of the same material as the standard white plastic eraser. You can buy ink erasing tips for it, which are hard and are very good at erasing acrylics.

I posted a discussion about them on this web site.
http://community.art-is-fun.com/forum/topics/electric-erasers


Another great tool is the Faber-Castell Perfection Eraser Pencil 7057.
Quite often I will use a hobby knife point to scratch in details.

Derwent Electric Eraser
Faber-Castell Perfection Eraser Pencil 7057
Scratch erasing using a hobby knife

Cheers - Dallas

AmeliaS said:

Electric eraser!? I had to look that up. I've never used or been around one. You erased acrylics?

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