So back at the end of April, I gave up on my oil painting of Gary in Bath at this stage:
The original looked like this:
Since then, I have a) decided the previous one was a "study" and b) decided I'm painting, not drawing, and that God invented carbon paper for a reason.
So, after I repositioned some things I traced Gary's face on the canvas. I got this far on my second attempt:
For the stone face I used the palette knife (embiggen to see), because God knows I wouldn't want to focus on reinforcing the skills I have.
I haven't touched it for two weeks. I suspect that's because I'm at the point where I don't hate it, so it can only get worse. Of course, now that I look at it, the right side of the stone face is too dark and small, somehow, and even though I traced it, the mouth on the stone face is skewed down on the left side.
I’m also working on this painting I did based on Friend #2's photograph on the left below. I hated this last week, but now it has grown on me.
Oh, wait, I can see two things wrong right now. I hate it again.