The other day I started two (more or less) commissions. They are two portraits. Not so big a news, you would say. I started one of these two portraits as I’ve started the previous portrait I’ve painted for my sis (and that you’ll see someday I promise). In other words, I mixed a flesh midtone and then started applying and mixing as I go red, yellow, sienna, blue for the various part of the face. I did good and the skin was smooth and rich after a while.
For the second portrait I decided I wanted to try something different and went for the technique I used for the Dreamnauts: an underpainting layer using the red, yellow, sienna and blue and a bit of that flesh midtone.
Halfway through this first stage I panicked.
A chill wave of terror rolled down my spine.
The face was A MESS.
I felt the urge to cover everything up and start again as if nothing had happened. I felt I’ve done something wrong, that “masters” didn’t/ don’t do it like this and so on.
But I didn’t. I thought that, as captain, I would go down with the ship.
I kept applying flesh tones and red and yellow and sienna and blue and worked until the face became a face again (I’m painting the hair now ).
You may be asking: Vale, why on Earth are you telling this?
Simply, I wanted to ask everyone who will be so kind to answer if they have ever had that “OH-GOSH-I-HAVE-TO-COVER-THIS-MESS-NOW” moment. I believe it is something every artist, who wants to push the boundaries (in the broadest sense), face. What do you think?
PS: I’m documenting these two paintings. When I finish them I’ll make a complete post.