This has been the toughest portrait i’ve done so far. It took roughly 5 months to complete, a lot of frustration with some detailed areas and a a lot of patience was needed not to rush it. It’s hard to figure how far you want to go in terms of how realistic you want it to appear. You can really lose your mind trying to put as much detail as possible and not knowing when to stop. The part that took the longest has probably got to be the lower half of the face like the lips. Not quite as long as Da Vinci took to completely Mona Lisa’s lips, but yeah… It was a genuine mental challenge of patience for me, and since this is my first hyperrealistic attempt, I didn’t really have an idea of timescale for such a project.
A Portrait Of Olya