But just like his last portrait, I'm starting to have some problems with his face. I somehow lost the tilt of his head, and the proportions of his features, and their placement on the head, are not right. I have been repainting this area for a while and build up on the panel surface is starting to be very apparent. I don't mind the build up of paint since I'm not one of those realists who needs to have the surface like a glossy photograph. I'm a painter and sings of the action of painting are a must, I think, in every painting.
Study of Steve, 2009, graphite on paper, 7 1/2 x 6 inches
After running into some problems with the face I thought it would be best for me to draw it and really spend some time studying his shapes. I found that drawing comes very easy to me, this little study only took a few hours to complete, that's of course in a trajectory of three nights. I'm not sure if I'm ready to go back to the painting, I guess I'll find out soon enough. For the moment I'm going to step back for a night or two and let everything simmer in my head. In the meantime I think I might start a new landscape.