Trust me when I tell you the original police mugshot is blah in color and lighting, as most are.
That's what imagination is for.
I picked this face because of the glasses. I need the practice on glasses.
Starting with my 4" square panel...
just a quick sketch.
The way I think about a face is the same I think about a landscape
or anything else for that matter. It's just shadow and light and areas of color.
It's best if you just forget that it's a face. At least until you're close to completion.
I map out the features just a bit for guidance.
Adding areas of color, paying some attention to values.
What I like about the small panel and painting faces is I jump around the painting
with the same color in spots. I have a different approach with other subjects
as you see in earlier posts.
Adding some reds.
Adding a hint of the glasses.
Filling in the highlighted areas.
Adding small touches here and there, not overworking the glasses.
This is the point where I tweek the values a bit and add some needed touches
of Indian Yellow. We have a lot of green/gold in our skin, so if you
end up with a chalky, rosy feel to a face, I'd suggest mixing in some greens.
I like saving the background for last. I use it to form the painted part,
taper in when needed and play with the edges. You can see I tried
a few 'swatches', just feeling out which one I like best.
I also looked at the original photo and checked a few
traits this man had - I tweeked the right eye a bit.
If you notice the ears aren't particularly symmetrical,
it's one of his individual traits.
And .... done.