Here’s a portrait painting from life I played around with a bit during Wednesday night’s sitting. No, Kal-El did not pose for us, but the model that did pose had an exceptionally square jaw and massively thick neck. After the drawing/lay-in was down on the canvas, I couldn’t help but play around a little with the subject matter. While serious studies and observation are immensely important when painting from life, it’s almost as important to let your creativity get the best of you at times so you don’t get burned out from those serious studies. In addition to being pretty fun, playing up and exaggerating features, changing the color tones and making the new color harmonies work can lead to quite a bit of unexpected learning.