It's all done and I'm extremely proud of this self portrait. It took me 5 days which is pretty fast, even for me. I just signed it today and photographed it for my website. I'm going to wait until it's fully dry before I varnish it.
One tip that I read somewhere a long time ago is that you should photograph your painting before you put any varnish on it. The main reason for that is to avoid a glossy glare which the varnish adds to a photo. I've tried to photograph oil painting after varnishing them and it's extremely difficult.
I also think that the varnish is really only a benefit when viewing the painting in person; the purpose of varnish is to make the dry colors come back to life, but that doesn't seem to matter in a photograph anyway. So, in a photograph, it doesn't matter whether the colors are dry and sunken or not.
I just put the second coat of vanish on the portrait of my girlfriend. I absolutely love the way the varnish breathes life back into the painting. I also put hardware on the antique frame for the painting. I'll put the painting in the frame tonight after the varnish dries and it'll be all set!
I also want to thank all of my followers on Instagram. I've been doing a bunch of commissioned portraits and it has really pushed me to become a better academic artist. I'm so happy that I get to share my drawings with so many people. Thank you for all the amazing support!
I just signed the portrait of my girlfriend and got a frame also! The frame is from a really cool antique shop in Ho Ho Kus, NJ. called Granny's Attic. I had to touch up the frame a little bit because it's old, but I love the style of it. All I have left to do is varnish it and it's all done.
I'll be shipping this one to Dog & Horse Fine Art this evening! I also varnished it today, which is the final (and my favorite) step. it brings all the color brilliantly back to life and adds a certain airy quality to it.
I also got a new computer with an amazing monitor so I can edit the images more accurately.