Inspired by the current events unfolding in the United States, I painted this acrylic work on wooden board since I ran out of canvases. My initial title was Black Lives Matter, but I thought that All Life Matters will cover a hollistic view of life (human, animals, plants, etc.). Every life should matter. In our human species, all life should matter. Every colour, every gender should matter. When stripped of power, clothes and believes, we are all the same. We are equal and need to be treated with the respect we deserve. We matter!
As soon as I drew my sketch on the wooden board, I started to apply the skin hues with a palette knife. I used yellow ochre, raw sienna, burnt umber, red and white.
As I wanted a vivid colour for the background, I went with turquoise. To lighten up the face I used some white and yellow. I was not aiming for a realistic skin tone, I wanted a darker skin tone with highlights and shadows.
Once I completed applying paint on the face and the shoulders, I added some patches of primary red, cyan blue and royal purple.
When I added another layer of brown, I saw that the head was a bit flat and shorter than it should. It looked more like a mask than a head. Thus I use the palette knife and some raw sienna to reshape it.
On the turquoise background I applied a layer of citron lemon paint to get a brighter green and some patches of primary blue. To build up more face skin tones, I applied another layer of raw sienna mixed with white. On the neck, shoulders and chest I added red, yellow, turquoise and blue.
I painted the area around the head in turquoise to create some contrast. Later on, I used a sponge to dab the background with a mix of blue and turquoise and create the small vertical lines. I also redid the eyebrows, as they were positioned to close to the yes.
I highlighted and outlined the lips, head and shoulders. Then I coated the painting with a glazing medium and let it dry. Once it will be all dried, I am thinking to add some resin on top.
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