Evolution of a Face

Evolution of a Face
first sketch

first sketch

I’ve been working on a painting, which I had hoped to show you in this post, but it’s not quite done. So, I thought it might be interesting to let you see how the face has evolved from its initial sketch onto canvas.

2nd stage of face by Cheyenne MacMasters

2nd stage of face

This second stage has lost its features, yet still seems fuller than the first rough draft.

3rd stage by Cheyenne MacMasters

3rd stage

It is ironic to me that even though this figure is a silhouette, I still have to add all the features. It’s a face now, but not of anyone I know. I’ve discovered that photographing each stage of the painting lets you see exactly where you need to remedy misplaced muscles and bones. The photograph reveals what the glistening canvas disguises.

4th stage by Cheyenne MacMasters

4th stage

Looking more like a face lost in thought.

Face of "BorderCrossing" oil painting by Cheyenne MacMasters

Face of “Emerged” oil painting
by Cheyenne MacMasters

This is the face that has now Emerged in my painting. Not merely thoughtful, but curious as well. I am always surprised by what the Muse on my brush tip will bring forth if I let her play long enough upon the canvas.

I hope to bring you the full painting in my next post.


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