Happy Christmas

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Have you seen the work of David Lobenberg? I realised he paints people in a similar way to how I paint animals. So ’tis the season and all that, here’s a rather colourful Papa Noel.

It is all about tones – colour/hue is immaterial (apart from his red hat). As long as darks are dark and lights are light, it really doesn’t make any difference. You will still recognise the subject. I teach this on my courses and people look at me funny. But a purple cow is still a cow, as long as you get your darks and lights in the right place.

I found this lovely portrait on Pixabay:

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If you struggle to see tones, turn it black and white and up the contrast. Try to train your eye to see shapes of tone, rather than individual features.

 

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Draw a pretty detailed sketch, trying to join up areas of similar tone. As you get more confident, this underdrawing won’t need to be so detailed. You can see I made his beard bigger and changed the hat – well doh! Papa Noel does have a big beard, doesn’t he? He needed bushier eye brows too and a less gummy smile.

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Now start painting those shapes with any colour you have in your palette, as long as the tone is correct. In general I started with yellows to the right and worked to the left with dark cooler colours. Then using reds for his outfit and finishing with the background to do a little negative painting. Perhaps a little line work and softening would help, but try to keep the freshness and spirit of fun.

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Happy Christmas! And if you fancy painting with me in 2019, look at my workshops on www.lizchaderton.co.uk

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