C A S S L U I

Self Portrait: Stressed
Acrylic on canvas
2019

For class, we were assigned to paint a portrait depicting a clear emotion.

I wanted to show stress through highly saturated colours to juxtapose the negative feeling with more typically 'happy' colours. The strong chroma also symbolizes the build up of emotion the subject feels overwhelmed with.

This process starting many self-timer reference photos. With the photos, I made 'notan' thumbnail sketches, then a more detail tonal study.

A mini colour study.

Painting progress

Eye detail

Hand detail

Using Format