Portrait Artwork

Hi! I am Veronica, a painter and an art coach at I have some good tips for your painting process.

A previous question

As a painter, do you first paint the background color and then you inscribe the figure(s) in it? If you do so, always keep in mind to use the background color in the final solution of your paint.

To exemplify this, I added the following artwork video (2.5 mins):

Title: Crime Scene 5
Artist: Veronica Huacuja
Medium: Digital Painting
Year: 2020

Educational objectives

Getting to know the advantages of using the background color in the solution of our paint.

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Post 1. Crime Scene 7. Another Angel in the Crowd

Hi! I am Veronica, a professional visual artist and art coach–in traditional and digital techniques–at

Portrait Artwork - Painting Procedures
“Crime Scene 7. Another Angel in the Crowd”.

This is the artwork’s data sheet:

Title: Crime Scene 7. Another Angel in the Crowd

Artist: Veronica Huacuja

Media: Digital painting

Year: 2020

Previous thoughts. As an artist, one of the things that calls my attention is the human experience after losing life, such as the physical changes the body suffers. And I add, the probable emotional states during the lasts moments of life.

I took the idea’s subtitle of the work, “Another Angel in the Crowd”, from one verse of a song of the English rock group, Dire Straits, “Wild West End”. Reality works like in slumbers, it overlaps. Doesn’t it?

Tip-on-the-fly.  Sometimes the artwork’s title helps to introduce to the re-creator into its “creative circle”. I think this is one of these cases.

Educational objectives. Constructing a face with digital techniques using a video still as reference.

Material. Digital tablet (I use and recommend one with hand pressure sensibility) and Photoshop.

My experience while making this artwork. With all respect, I based this artwork on a screenshot from a true forensic documentary. I tried to reflect on the drama of this adolescent girl and her story. What came out to be my work is an abandoned face in a lifeless state.

Technical comments. As most of the times, the first thing I did was to decide the background color, that resulted to be dark brown (RGB: 66, 36,18), onto which, further on, I applied a spectrum of transparent orange and brown colors (in various layers, this to make up a “veladura“ or veiling). I chose to use the chiaroscuro technique.

Portrait Artwork - Painting Procedures
Mid stage procedures of “Crime Scene 7. Another Angel in the Crowd”.
Portrait Artwork
Mid stage procedures of “Crime Scene 7. Another Angel in the Crowd”.

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