Hi dear fellow artists,
I’ve been lately immersed in painting large portraits in oil on canvas primed with acrylic primer and i added a layer of oil titanium white primer to minimize absorption a little and to even the surface when painting smallest details in the subjects i’m painting. It looks that painting any surface like the skin for example is easy when i give a general value and a color as accurate as possible, i try to paint the texture of the skin next and here is the problem lies, i know it takes some dedication and patience to get these details as exactly as possible and possibly the frustration that comes when trying hard to give a general sense of skin pores and then involving in detailing these little mountains and hills and subtle change in colors, the problem is that i didn’t draw these little details at first whether the image or photograph of it transferred to canvas or drawn by doing measurements, in the sight size method, and even if they were determined first by graphite for example, which seems to be a boring process, when using projectors, one might choose to paint over them and the result is that they disappear and one must have to paint them over the layer already painted, call it a ballpark layer or under layer or whatever, i saw my subject contains these many details and it’s the skilled artist duty to paint them exactly as they are and may be not to miss a number of them, especially in the areas facing the light, because doing the opposite may result in the failure to convey the sense of a believable skin, for such a large portraits. So, my question is whether there’s a guide to paint details, such as the skin, so that i avoid over painting areas and building up excess paint ( if this is a problem in oil painting, because i saw many artists also focuses on making the surface even to not build unwanted surface topography) and whether you are also lost when tracking these details and found a problem in determining their sites on the form. Also, i want to know if you choose to alter in your subject some of its tiny details and found that the surface failed to give the wanted perception that this form is a wood or skin, especially when painting in hyperrealist way, or if it’s a miniature, trompe l’oeil, tiny subjects.
I also want to know if this can be learned by looking at a video of artists doing them, could you Anthony produce such a video? Or teach us some of your patience when doing them, if this is all what’s required🥴