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Wednesday, April 8, 2015

The Price is Right

Not too long ago I was asked to make a simple portrait of the great Vincent Price (May 27, 1911 – October 25, 1993). For those of you who don't know this man is, what is wrong with you!? Seriously, take a minute and learn about this actor and art enthusiast. I promise you won't be disappointed.

We chose the older Price from Edward Scissorhands "1990". As we have done with most projects we started with simple pencil lines on Strathmore Watercolor paper.

After that it was taking the time to add layers of diluted ink. I had hoped to get the tonal value to give him a really distinguished look. Then I added a few more pencil lines for depth. Then, a bit prematurely, added white chalk for the extra brightness for the shining areas.

After that it was a matter of adding layers of gouache for skin tones. For all of you who don't know what gouaches is, it's a transparent water color. It allows you to see the tonal value of the ink work. With a layer of clear coat and signature I was done!