I thought I was going to take a longer break from the painting but I found myself back at it this evening. So this stage is interesting because now I am mixing linseed oil with the paint which makes it much easier to work with. My main struggle came from the fact that I mixed my flesh tones too light, so I had to keep darkening each color every time I dabbed my brush on my palette. A smart person probably would have just remixed the colors. But I didn’t want to stop painting.

My forearm is a bit sore now, as are my knees from standing so long. I think I went about 6 hours tonight. I think the pic I posted clearly shows the difference between the last stage and this stage. I didn’t finish the hair – I don’t think I have the colors just right yet, but I can tackle it again tomorrow if I have time.

By Cody Deegan

Cody Deegan is a life-long artist versed in drawing, painting, sculpting, and design. He studied filmmaking and character animation at the California Institute of the Arts in Los Angeles as well as figurative oil painting at the Gage Academy of Art in Seattle.

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