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Kenneth Kenny Weinfurtner

In the Studio

Drawing a Portrait – Drawing Procedure

graphite on toned paper

Study the Model.

Draw an Axis line that follows the action of the head.

Align the proportions on the axis. Keep marks in perspective.

Find and mark: top of hair, bottom of chin, and width of head.

Loosely block in the basic head shape, neck and shoulders.

Place the features.

Work the eyes. Either irises first or eye shape first.

Clean up structure marks, indicate bones, muscles and shadows.
Add details.

Painting a Portrait
– Color Charts & Painting Procedure

Painting Color Charts

Zorn or Limited Palette Chart

Zorn & Traditional Color Charts. Color charts familiarize the artist with color mixing, color strength & color transparency. In this chart the artist enjoys seeing a variety of colors and skin tones in different situations. Color Key: W – Titanium or Lead White, Blk – Ivory Black, YO – Yellow Ocher, and R – Cadmium Red Light.
– use a palette knife to keep colors clean.
– for the Zorn Palette (top) strive for a smooth gradation of tones from the darkest tone the mixture will make to the lightest tone you can make while retaining the color identity.
– for the Traditional Palette (below) create light skin tones in values 2, 3, and 4; for shadows create values 5, 7, and 9; for neutrals make values 3, 5, 7, and 9.
– often it’s easiest to create the darkest and lightest tones first then fill in in between.
Color Key: W – Titanium or Lead White, Blk – Ivory Black, YO – Yellow Ocher, R – Cadmium Red Light,
Bl – Cobalt Blue, G – Viridian, Aliz – Alizarin Crimson, TR – Terra Rosa,
O – Cadmium Orange, BU – Burnt Umber.

Natural or Traditional Palette ChartWeinfurtner_ClrChrtNat

Painting Procedure

Line InWeinfurtner_01_Bella

Shadow ShapesWeinfurtner_02_Bella

Midtones and 1/2 Tones

Restate Midtones and 1/2 Tones

Eyes and Face

Restate and Refine

Features, Details, and Character