Burnt Umber Portrait

I do not have much to show this week except for the beginning of a burnt umber portrait. The image started as an under painting however, I liked where it was headed and decided not to add color.

Using a wipe out technique for this exercise, first I thinned my paint with odorless mineral spirits and toned the entire canvas with a wash of thin pigment. Next, I drew the basic shape of the figure with a thin brush and burnt umber. With a rag I began to expose the white of the canvas to create the light areas of his skin. I went back and reinforced the dark areas with more pigment.