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11. The head looks too big, like a cycle helmet.
So, using the sandy paper colour, I reshape it.
|12. I heighten with sand colour the flick of hair on the right of the painting and darken beneath it with black smudge.|
For shadows and highlights that bring the hair
to life, I work black and burgundy dark and light
haloes into the hair. As I paint shadows and highlights
in the hair, I am aware of the halo-like way they
are arranged on the head – a series of ellipses
almost touching near the top of the head - they
all softly blend (see diagram). Over this are
fine lines in sand, burgundy and pink and black
suggesting fine strands of baby hair. I find pink
surprisingly good for a very fine sun bleached
14. Highlights in the hair. I have used white with a brush (size 35), soft touch, and a white touch on the flick on the right of the painting. Some hair detail is done using sand colour and a tiny brush.
15. Here some colour is added to the background. I only use the colours used in the portrait. Rose colour and shell pink are used on the left of the head and shell pink on its own on the right. I did it freehand without masking techniques.