Being commissioned by a close friend of the family to paint a 51 year
old woman who died from breast cancer from a small 1.5 x 3 photo is a
job Tom was made to do. Recently he had started using a digital mannequin
program in his portrait work, the job was made easier.
Although the program is very tedious lighting the figure, it paid off
handsomely because the program used the same cone, sphere, square shaded
shapes from grade school.
carefully traced the face from the original photo, mapping the simple
edges. Then he projected it onto the prepared canvas with pencil. After
refining the lines he had prints made to send to the client. In this case
the client wanted the hands making the portrait larger because Tom wanted
to work life-size.
Lori, pencil on canvas, 24"
With the approved
sketch, painting the face started.
After several days, Tom took photos of himself to fill in the nuances
of the shadows. Lighting the scene with real lights was a shoe in after
the tedious and still ineffective digital figure. Tom posed in the figures'
pose. It was extremely effective.
Wednesday December 4, 2007
Portrait of Lori
24" x 30", oil on canvas, December 5, 2007
Painted posthumously from a small photo. The figure was recreated in a
digital mannequin program as well as the artist posing under arranged
The artist has worked for the Salisburys since 1980. The process of the
to prepare a fine line drawing "the cartoon" on the gessoed
The gesso is applied with a palette knife scrapping the gesso carefully
until all signs of the weave of the canvas is gone. Once the location
of the hands
and face are decided that area is scrapped with a razor blade making it
smooth. Painting takes place by mixing three pigments together to make
various shades. Yellows mixed with violets with a little red for the flesh.
The texture of the paint is created by stippling the surface with a brush
cut off. The artist also uses rubber tipped brushes to remove paint revealing
light of the canvas which the artist uses as white. Only in select places
artist use white in places like the highlight of the skin.
Tuesday December 3, 2007
Sunday December 2, 2007
Thursday November 29, 2007
Lori, pencil on canvas, 20" x 24"
This is the composite image assembled from the photos supplied.
Wednesday November 28th, 2007