2 Block­ing in large shapes

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I start by ob­serv­ing the ba­sic shapes of the head, and then block them in. I usu­ally quickly draw in the sim­ple head shapes us­ing burnt si­enna and then fill in the sim­plest light and dark pat­tern us­ing mid-tone colours. You can also add the dark­est darks, such as the hair shape, at this stage.

I paint in the back­ground colour – a com­bi­na­tion of burnt si­enna, burnt um­ber and yel­low ochre – in this step to iso­late the head. Be­cause the model is seated next to a win­dow on his left, I have the left side of his face lit brightly by sun­light. This means the rest of his face is in shadow, which creates a clear light and dark pat­tern.

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