a new portrait underway

I’m indulging in some fan-girling, and started an oil portrait of Sherlock, the 21st century version as played by Benedict Cumberbatch.

Here’s the underpainting.
oil painting of Sherlock - underpainting
Next steps: refine the skin and begin to suggest some colour.  This is painted with Torrit Grey, a special colour from Gamblin.

Click here for an animated step-by-step.

3 thoughts on “a new portrait underway

  1. OMG! You’ve got him already. What a lovely, lovely start.

  2. You’ve really caught his intensity–love it!

  3. Off to a flying start. Byronic without being gooey, No small feat! My prediction: Dude will eventually buy it. (I sound breathless because I just ran upstairs 😉

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