I won’t lie to you. I find portrait painting class to be very difficult. Three hours to do a portrait sounds like a fair chunk of time, but it really isn’t. In portrait painting class at The Watts Atelier, I am notorious for scrubbing my paintings as soon as class is over. Occasionally, though, I wise up and bring along my handy camera so I can take a quick photo for reference later (with the model’s permission, of course). Using my photo reference, I was able to finish this painting on my own. I really loved the dual lighting effect, which can be so much fun to paint.

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