I have dedicated this painting to my all-time favorite Indian singer, composer, songwriter, music producer, film director, film producer, and actor the Zubeen Garg. Though his contributions are mostly in Assamese, Bengali and Bollywood have sung many songs in other languages and dialects, including Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, Malayalam, Marathi, Odia, Bodo, Karbi, Nepali, Bishnupriya Manipuri, Goalparia and English.
This painting is dedicated to one of my favorite Assamese singer, composer and producer Angarag Mahanta, but he is popularly known by the stage name Papon. He doesn’t need any introduction when comes to Indian music. He was born to the famous Assamese folk singer duo Late Khagen Mahanta and Shri Archana Mahanta. He has its own folk-fusion band called Papon and The East India Company. Other than Assamese he has also sung in many languages like Hindi, Punjabi, Tamil, Marathi, Mishing, and Bengali.
The red-breasted robin, scientifically known as Erithacus rubecula is also known as European Robin is a very cute bird measuring hardly 5.0 to 5.5 inches. Both the male and female in similar in coloration and have an orangy colored feather on the breast. Except for the orange colored feathers on the breast, the whole bird has bluish gray feather all over the body and slightly darker brownish wings. So, here is my palette for the whole painting.
Painting lips are sometimes very tricky. But understanding the basic shape of the lip may help to get rid of this kind of difficulties. The picture below shows the anatomy of a basic lip. Is it too much? Maybe. But you don’t need to remember all the anatomical terms to paint a realistic lip. Just remember the structure. That’s it.
This painting in Acrylic is very close to my heart. He was a very kind person in our town and I used to call him Bordeuta in Assamese, which means Grandpa. It was commissioned by his son to give respect to his soul on his death anniversary. It was quite challenging to draw the painting because the reference picture was very low in details.
Acrylic paint is always being my favorite medium when it comes to painting a portrait. Despite its flaws as the quickest drying medium, it gives me immense control to correct any mistakes immediately. Many Artist complains about its quick-drying property as a difficulty for blending, but I found it more interesting because you don’t have to wait too long to experiment new techniques.
A silver surface is when highly polished, seems like it doesn’t have its own color. It appears usually colorless. It shows its unique identity by reflecting and distorting the lights coming from surrounding objects. But unlike silver, Golden or Brass metal objects reflect its own yellow tints keeping all the other qualities of silver. Same in case of Copper color, which reflects the coral tint instead of yellow.
Colors in that Apple:
Though it is very much correct to assume that the color of an Apple in red, but in reality, it is more complex than simply one red color. It’s a mixture of many colors. In this example, as the light source is falling onto the Apple from one direction, it forms a cast shadow on the paper, which is considered as the shadow developed by blocking the light source by the object and another one is form shadow which is developed due to not reaching light around the object. So we have found a range of colors ranging from darker to lighter from that same red color of that Apple.
Steps for Painting Eye in Acrylics:
Though my first choice is a canvas for any type of painting, whether it is Oils of Acrylics, for this demo I have used an A4 125 gsm Paper. Why? just to save a canvas for another project.
So, what is the point of using a paper then? It is definitely not the right choice for professionals. Me too. But it will save you a lot in terms of money if you just want to practice your Acrylics or even Oils. It will not give you the feel of canvas, but your practice will not stop. Because it will come cheap for practice.
Mixing Hand Skin Tone:
As opposed to the Palm skin tone, which I have discussed in the section Mixing Palm Skin tone with Primary Colors, the opposite side of the palm is usually quite darker. The color is quite Brownish in my case. To achieve this color, I have used the primary colors only, like Crimson and Yellow Ochre with a little Ultramarine Blue. But to make the value further down we have to add little white on it. It’s again a matter of trial and error. A very important point should be remembered while choosing the primary colors. As I am not choosing the pure primary colors for this example, like Cadmium Yellow, Scarlet Lake, and Cobalt Blue. The reason behind this is simple, I just want to achieve a rather darker skin tone type. The true primary colors will help you achieve fairer tone.