Just a couple recent life studies. These are great because they force me to figure out a palette before I start painting…something I almost never do, probably due to laziness and over-reliance on digital tools that make it so easy to add color whenever and in many ways. However, because time is so limited in these (about 2 hours) fussing around with colors and values can really slow you down. Getting at least a general feel for how to set up the skin tones and BG colors and values save a lot of time in the end. Sounds really simple, but I guess I’m stupid because it’s taken a while for me to embrace it. Slapping down paint looking for happy accidents, and figuring out the palette as i go almost always looks like shit with these, or maybe I am just not at that level yet. Anyways, I’m hoping it becomes more of a habit for my painting in general. More time front-loaded on an image in the planning stages almost always results in something better.