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.
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The Heart-Throb Singer from Assam:
Zubeen’s birth name is Jiban Borthakur and he is from Jorhat, Assam. His father Mohini Borthakur is also a poet and lyricist and his mother Ily Borthakur was a dancer, actress, and singer. Zubeen married Garima Saikia, a fashion designer from Golaghat.
With the release of his first album Anamika 1992, he started his professional career in music.He later released albums including Maya, Asha, and Pakhi. In the late 90’s Garg moved to Mumbai to work in the Bollywood music industry where he recorded few Hindi albums and films like Chandni Raat, Yuhi Kabhi, Fiza, and Kaante.
He finally got the biggest break in Bollywood in the film Gangster.The song Ya Ali of Gangster movie was one of the most popular hits of 2006. The song brought him the best playback singer Global Indian Film Awards (GIFA) in 2006. His next Hindi album Zindagi was released in 2007 which was highly appreciated. His discography includes more than 15000 songs in various Indian languages.
An Excellent Actor Too:
Zubeen Garg also has acted in few Assamese films like Mon Jai, Rodor Sithi, Gane Ki Ane, Mission China and soon to be released Priyar Priyo and The Underworld. His lead role in Mon Jai won the best Assamese Film in the 56th National Film Awards.
The Reference Photo:
This particular reference photo is taken by Mr. Shantanu Dutta from Sivasagar. He has taken this beautiful shot of Zubeen at a cultural function near Sivasagar. I have found a very nostalgic feeling in his eyes in this particular picture. So I have decided to capture it on my canvas.
Zubeen In My Canvas:
Let’s Discuss My Color Palette First:
In the painting of Papon, where I have decided to use Cadmium Yellow Medium, Cobalt Blue, and Crimson as the dominant primary colors. Because the mood of the painting was somewhat dreamy with the strong environmental/stage light reflection throughout his face.
In the case of this painting of Zubeen, the situation is slightly different. Though there was stage lighting, it’s not hampering the natural color tone of the face. So, in this case, I have gone with the Yellow Ochre, Ultramarine Blue, Scarlet Lake as my primary colors.
I have used two earth colors like Burnt Sienna and Burnt Umber for the darker shades as well.
First Stages of The Painting:
As I have mentioned earlier that there are no definite stages to follow in my painting. In the painting of Papon, I have started with an underpainting with Burnt Sienna for the whole canvas.
But here I have decided to go directly with the Burnt Umber for painting the vital parts of the painting like eyes, eyebrows, lip linings as well as quickly blocking some of the shading areas of the face.
Stage 2 & 3
In case of Acrylic painting, I love to add some White from the very beginning to every mixture of the skin tone. It helps me to blend easily. Try it out. It works.
The whole skin tone is achieved using Scarlet Lake, Yellow Ochre, and White. Adjusting the saturation with Ultramarine Blue and Burnt Umber.
Shades in the face are achieved from Ultramarine Blue, Burnt Umber and Yellow Ochre with White. To achieve the greyish tone in the chick, I have used little Ultramarine Blue, Burnt Umber and White.
In this stage blocking quickly the background with Burnt Umber, Ultramarine Blue and White helps me to visualize the tonal difference of the whole painting.
Later Stages of The Painting:
The Gamocha on the head is white. But to achieve the shading, I have used little Ultramarine Blue, Burnt Umber into the White. The Crimson and Scarlet Lake dominates mostly the motif works with a pinch of Ultramarine Blue for shadings.
Stage 2 & 3
The most attractive part of the painting was to paint the necklace. My palette confined to Cobalt Blue, Burnt Umber, Yellow Ochre, White and pinch of Permanent Orange for the pendant. And for the beads, I have used Scarlet Lake, Ultramarine Blue along with the other colors.
The bright shirt color is nothing but the same color as the background. That means Ultramarine Blue and Burnt Umber. But to the achieve the highlighted areas I have used Cobalt Blue and White. The floral prints are mostly done with Permanent Orange and White and for the leaf Cobalt Blue, Cadmium Yellow Medium and White.
The painting will be incomplete without the hairs on his chest. I have used some leftover painting mix from my palette like Yellow Ochre and Burnt Umber very lightly with a small rigger brush. That’s it.
Here Is The Final Painting
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