I finally found al the reference photos for the "Elvis 24" project. One for every year, from 1954 to 1977. You can see them all on the picture above. The color pictures are the finished paintings. I started working on the next 10 portraits.
I applied the first color layer on the background. I'm going to finish the background before i start on the rest (exept some glazing coats). I learned it like this; 1. Background, 2. Skin, 3. Clothing and 4. Hair.
After all the research, taking pictures and making sketches i finally started with the underpainting. I applied the first layers of Zinc White and Raw Umber. Many layers will follow before i can start with color.... Oil on canvas, 80 x 120 cm.
A while back i made a small Elvis portrait, size 6 x 6". After finishing that one i got the idea to make 24 small Elvis portraits, one for every year of his career. The first one from 1954 and the last one from 1977. When i finish them all i'm going to make a special frame where they all fit in.
The materdrawing is done. I made a drawing on tracing paper by using a grid. Where it was necessary i changed the clothing. When i was satisfied with the drawing i made the definitive lines red with a Fine-liner so that i can still see them when the backside is made black with graphite to transfer the drawing to the canvas.
I started with a detailed drawing the same size as the painting. In this drawing I will solve problems with lighting and implement the clothes I sketched earlier. When the drawing is finished I will transfer it on the canvas. My desk is too small for the drawing, I started on the floor but my back didn't agree :-)