Firenze - Portrait Painting

It has been a few months since my last 'proper' portrait. So I am excited to have started off a new one last week! Itching to get stuck into this project.

So I thought I'd show a bit of the process of 'Firenze'. I did this portrait as a birthday present for my partner's 30th. We came across this chap in a bustling market square in Florence. We wondered what was his story, was he waiting for someone, was he contemplating something or was he just having a rest?

 Firenze, 2016, Oil on canvas, 350mm x 450mm (13.7 in x 17.7 in)

Firenze, 2016, Oil on canvas, 350mm x 450mm (13.7 in x 17.7 in)

 First session VS final session. Clearly a bit of time between these two shots.

First session VS final session. Clearly a bit of time between these two shots.

Below shows the progression of the painting and the various steps along the way. I start off with a charcoal sketch on top of an acrylic wash. Then a monotone value study where I figure out where my high and low lights will be. This give me a road map for the rest of the painting. Then into building he coloured layers.

  Progress photos:  From start to finish.

Progress photos: From start to finish.

Watch the time lapse of the painting coming together below.