Art Process

At my website http://www.jesusweptart.blogspot.com/, I presented another image of Jesus. For that piece I used a European face as the foundation. I then adjusted the features considering the traits of the Kurdish people - referring to a collection of photos of Kurds and Armenians that I gathered off the Internet. This approach resulted in a face that may not be very representative of the reference population because of my tendency to favor the more European-looking traits.
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To avoid bias in the "On the Mount" piece, I used a single face from the reference population (Armenian), rather than selecting favored features. I do not like the piece as much from an artistic point a view, but I do think that it looks more ethnically appropriate. I attempted to crop out the parts I liked least. Anyway, this has resulted in a face that is more representative of an ancient Israelite that has come from a pure bloodline.

Above are process images - sort of. I draw the subject in pencil (using T-squares to help with precision). I like to use one of those blending stumps for the shading. Then I scan the drawing into my computer and touch it up using black and white digital painting. I then paint color layers below and above the pencil drawing. Highlights and touch-ups are done in the top layers. You should not view the process images as exact steps in completing the art. Though my technique is methodical, it is difficult to present process images that show this because of my tendency to go back and forth between parts and layers. The forth picture shows the piece near completion - but I did more touch-ups and did more to the background.
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