[Process] Self Portrait - Final Overpainting


This is it! Sorry if it seems like I've completely skipped a step here, but I would say that everything done since the glazing stage would fall under this segment. After letting the glaze dry, it is simply a matter of mixing colors as observed and putting them on the canvas. I would almost say that this part could be called the "light and color" stage because for the most part I'm just painting in the light areas with the colors I observe (the shadows pretty much took care of themselves through the previous steps). After letting the final painting dry to the touch, I put down a layer of retouch varnish to bring some of the matted colors back to their original vibrancy. Retouch varnish is a special kind of varnish that allows the painting to "breathe" and continue to dry underneath (you should wait about six months for the painting to dry COMPLETELY before applying the final varnish). Overall, I'm pretty happy with how this turned out. It may not be the most accurate portrait in the world, but I'm happy with the classical feel of it and enjoy actually having a physical object to hold at the end (as opposed to all the digital work I've been doing lately). If I've been too vague about this part of the process, feel free to post any questions you might have!