I made this page using all my Lifebook 2014 lessons. I drew the heads before reading a book about proportion and perspective in human faces.. I managed to correct some of the wrongness but think it adds a bit of interest :P
Painting dark skin is very hard, the way it reflects light is almost surreal, I think due to the reflections being caused by the structure of skin cells and hairs rather than pigmentation.
I worked with many thin layers of paint, adding shadows and highlights then knocking them back with the next layer.
The lady was supposed to be a ‘high yeller’ octoroon type colour with ginger dreads…