The Guitar Player Color layers

by Alan Berkman
(Belgium (not far from Rubens house) )

The Guitar Player

The Guitar Player

Following the Flemish Method, just about at the critical part...Juniors skin. I made a mix of Titanium white, light Naples yellow, burnt sienna and a little vermillion, but I think it was too much. Suggestions? He also has whiskers...too lazy to shave like his dad (actually, he is in the army). Any ideas how to make whiskers? Do I do his skin from light to dark, or dark to light? It is a small painting so I dont need to paint every pimple or chin hair, but enough to get the idea across. Thanks for any hints.

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Jan 18, 2010
Color layers of this portrait are wonderful!
by: Delmus

It's so nice to see a great work coming together. This is really going to be a special piece!


Jan 19, 2010
Dark to light
by: Yvette


I believe you are suppose to work from dark to light. Painting hair is the same, dark to medium to light. On a small painting you don't have to paint every detail.

I like your piece and is coming along beautifully. Can't wait to see it finished.

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The Guitar Player

by Alan

The Guitar Player

The Guitar Player

Junior practising his chops, while dad practices his Flemish technique. The chair in the foreground has been corrected (perspective), and "dead painted". Floor tiles have been added. Now all I need is some light to take a decent picture.


Hey Alan, this is perfect! When you get the color layers in, photo and email to me via the site. I'll post/edit them to this page for you. Right now the software will not let a visitor submit more than one photo, but I know how!! It will be great to see the progression!

thanks for your submission!

PS, how big is this piece?

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