After I finished the last self portrait, I thought maybe another one of an older me was in order. I had to look through quite a few albums and photos (yes, I do have actual albums and printed photos in this day and age) to find something remotely usable. I decided this one wasn’t totally embarrassing.
I decided to use a little bit of an underglaze this time around to soften the white gesso of the canvas. In the series of acrylic paintings I have done, it has often been hard to get rid of the last traces of the white underlayment when I am almost finished without marring some of what I have already done. The trick was to get enough color down without covering up the drawing too much. I don’t know if it is better to glaze over the pencil drawing or draw over the glaze, but I drew first and then glazed prior to the actual painting.
I consider this to be my initial underglaze as I tried to cover all of the canvas with some color. So far, I have found the mouth and teeth to be the hardest part. I have a a wide mouth and it is not easy to make it big enough, but not turn it into a clown smile. Surprisingly, the eyes haven’t posed nearly as much of a problem.