Growing an Icon, Part 3

by abbamoses

In this image, the figure of St Seraphim has been mostly “clothed,” though I expect to do some touching up.

When I’ve finished a session of painting, I often have no idea what the icon looks like — I’ve been too involved in the details and need to set it aside for a bit before I can decide how the session went and what needs to be done.

In doing the clothing, I try to work back-to-front: for example, to paint the cloak after the cassock, so that any outside-the-lines errors in the cassock will be overpainted when I do the cloak.

After some touching up, I hope to move on to face and hands.

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