|Laying in the head with soft brush tool|
Meantime, exploration of Painter continues. These are stages in copying an oil portrait by Peter Paul Rubens. The subject is the Duke of Buckingham, a fellow originally named George Villiers, who was the first to hold the title. The Duke was a favorite of King James I of England, and also of Charles I, for a while. He was a member of the minor nobility who worked his way into the Royal court, was knighted in his early 20s, and elevated to the peerage by James I a few years later. Eventually Buckingham controlled the entire 17th century court. Unfortunately for him a
|Scrubbing in large masses|
The Rubens portrait of Buckingham was done about 1623-5 and recently rediscovered in Scotland after being thought lost. The original has much of the same sparkle as other autograph works by Rubens, the liveliness of expression and brushwork featuring prominently. The Duke is shown against a vague multicolor background, garbed in navy blue velvet with a royal blue diagonal sash. His hair is modishly long, beard trimmed into a neat goatee. He wears broad and flamboyant mustaches and smiles at us with the same direct and perhaps mischievous look Rubens gave to his first wife, Isabella Brandt in his famous portrait of her dating to around the same time.
|More massing of color in the figure and background|
|Background, ruff, and skin tones initial|
The next steps will be to modify and brighten the painting, adding detail, lights, further color and modelling of the head and shoulders. I'm not sure how many layers or steps will be involved, but when there are sufficient images more will be posted.
Painter Part 2
Painter Part 3