Instructor Ismael Checo warned me that 2 hours wasn't enough time ... but artists like Terry Miura (figurative work here ) paint the figure alla prima, so I went for it. Turns out, that takes much more experience!
Here's what else I learned:
- Clothing vs. skin tones: Once you get the proportions right, you can fudge clothing colors much easier than skin tones. Blue pants read as blue jeans. A blue shadow on a nose, not so much!
- Color temperature: I painted the shirt pale blue, until Ismael pointed out that it's really a warmer color. Ditto the sweatshirt highlights. My instinct was blue, until he suggested something warmer.
- Hands and feet take practice! Note to self: Do your homework (draw 100 hands and 100 feet). My sketchbook friends already know this.
- The head matters. I was so focused on details below the neck, his head became an egg on his shoulders, and his facial features came out totally scrunched:(