John O'Flynn - Artist

John O'Flynn - Artist

Sky Arts Portrait Competition - 2

How does one prepare for a portrait sitting where on doesn’t know identity of sitter, and will not have any control over pose, backdrop, or lighting! Here are some precedents I looked at before the Sky Arts Portrait Artist Of The Year Dublin heat last July: the main tool to use seemed to be to find a - hopefully dramatic - division across the face between light and dark, or their proxies, cold & warm areas, and/or, if possible , infuse composition with an explosion of expressive colour if the opportunity presented itself. It seemed to me it was about finding even the littlest hints of these approaches, and playing them up goodo…!


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