Your pieces are incredibly inspiring. I have a few of your works in an archive of reference images and inspirational pieces! But, I have a question. You seem to put a base color when working on your pieces, and then draw the details of the image with a while pencil/pen. What medium are your works usually in, and do you suggest drawing out the details before or after you apply a base color? How long do your works usually take, and how much paint do you use on 1 piece?
The base colour is achieved by using acrylic paint mixed in with my last layer of gesso - I then use white conte pencil to do the outlines of the images. My paintings are all oil. I don’t know how much paint I typically use, not much though, since my paintings are fairly smooth and use a thin application of paint. My works take a varying amount of time - some take a day, some take a couple weeks. A lot of my time is spent in process work before I even start to paint.
have you ever tried to paint a poc? your skin tones are always really nice and i bet you could do darker skins really well
I have been asked this many times. Until recently I had not had the opportunity, Then I was asked to do a commissioned portrait of Oprah for New York Magazine. … The thing that I realized was that it was exactly the same. When I paint someone, they are no longer defined by their skin tones. They become pink, blue, purple, orange, and everyone looks the same. The people that I paint just happen to be my family and people who are around my house often. I happen to be white, so most of my paintings are of white people.