C.W. Mundy teaches his students to paint effective portraits. Here, we look more closely at his innovative technique for painting portraits from upside-down photographs in this step-by-step demonstration of Bourbon Street Chef, New Orleans.
Step 1 Mundy began the demo by lightly sketching in an underdrawing.
Step 2 Holding his photograph upside down to make sure he was seeing his subject subjectively, Mundy next began blocking in his light, medium, and dark values.
Step 3 Mundy worked from the bottom of his canvas up as he painted sections of colors.
Step 4 The artist painted in his darkest darks with large strokes of color.
Step 5 Once the form began coming together, Mundy added his lighter values and details to the figure.
THE COMPLETED PAINTING: Bourbon Street Chef, New Orleans 2006, oil on linen, 36 x 24. Private collection.