I’ve been working hard on my process lately. Identifying the shortcomings in my previous paintings and brainstorming solutions. This portrait is the culmination of everything I’ve learned so far. Question going forward: Is it worth the excruciating effort required to achieve realism or would it be better (and more enjoyable) to loosen up and let the brush strokes show? I’m leaning towards the latter…
A short video showing the different stages of the portrait:
I painted this portrait of Colin (guitarist of Circa Survive) from a photograph I took during their On Letting Go 10th Anniversary tour. The original photo was taken with him bathed in multicolored lights, so I was forced to abandon any attempt at realism. The end result was a departure from my usual style, but I’m happy with it.
After an audience member passed out and had to be carried away by security, Anthony Green stopped the show and asked everyone to take a step back. Then the band convened to figure out how to restart The Greatest Lie.