As promised here is the “All knife portrait”..well almost. I touched up the face a bit more with brushes. However using knives definitely makes your eyes train to see in large values instead of focus on mundane detail. Try it; It’s a whole lot of fun.
My first venture into still lives. It’s a small piece done quite impressionisticly. I used a knife on this work to render the background as well as some of the foreground. I’m currently working on a portrait done almost exclusively with a knife. It is quite a unique tool. Check back as I will post it soon. Thanks.
After a six week vacation I’m back in my studio working. This portrait was more a value study then anything. The whole piece is as effective as it is because it was done in only three values. The eyes and the hair are the darkest; the cheeks are the lightest; and an overall mid tone. As always let me know what you think.