The man is an angel, first for letting me use him as the subject of my first painted portrait ever, and second, letting me post it even though he doesn't really like it.
He is always supportive of my art. He just doesn't think it looks like him. It does, though. Mostly.
Before it was done, he came into the studio to see how it was going. He noted that it looked more like an illustration than a painting, He was right about that. It was very "flat" at that point; mostly just underpainting, and it looked more like a caricature than a serious portrait. I admit i was a little worried about whether I could make it get better.
I spent some more time on tones and values to try to get closer to what skin actually looks like, and I think it got a bit better. I don't think it's as good as I had hoped it would be, but it's definitely finished.
I am not an artist who need to hide a work until it is done, at least not with the BLP. I like the feedback and he is usually very constructive in his comments.
When it was finished, he saw it again. He looked very carefully, as he always does.
It's much better now, he said. But one thing- I don't think my forehead is quite that high.
Millimeters matter when it comes to the individual proportions of each human face. And he's right. I made his forehead a little tiny bit higher than it really is. I agreed with him, and added It's just because of your big brain, you know and he laughed.
Somewhat mollified, he complimented me on how I painted his jacket.
I thought he looked very handsome that day. We were dressed to play a gig, and we were just about to go on stage when I shot the reference photo.
I didn't manage to get his slight smile onto the canvas.
He had no complaints on how I made his eyes a little extra blue. They are that piercing, though.
I debated on whether or not to post it, even though he was fine with whatever I wanted to do.
I am still learning to paint, and I hope I will continue to learn and get better at it.
He's been promised a new portrait with one of his guitars.