In my never ending quest to paint faces I have been trying some of the techniques from Kelli Rae's book Taking Flight. I know I keep talking about it but its my favorite book of late. I thought I would share a little of my process. I am sorry that I did not take more pictures while I was working
This page was one I had pre prepped and it was very textured before I even began. It was probably not the best surface for a face. I had a magazine photo that I used as a reference. You can see it in the background. I made a rough sketch and used several layers of golden's titanium white for the face.
I then added Shiva paintsticks for the face, Titanium white and burnt sienna for just the skin and blended them with my fingers I used Golden fluid acrylics on the eyes and lips, hair etc. the hair is raw umber and raw sienna, eyes are cerulean and some turquoise. The clothes were some fluids and folk art craft paint.
I stamped a background of leaves but didn't like it so I had to paint over it. Plus I wanted to get rid of the number 3. The background is lighter now. Then I used stamping ink with the stamp instead of paint and it worked better. I changed the color of the clothes a couple times. These are the first hands I have tried, they aren't great but at lease you can recognize that its a hand. I think this is the first one that I have really liked. I think its time to work on a canvas next.