I've taken some time to get back to doing a master study, something I haven't done properly for years. I chose to study the portrait of Juan de Pareja painted by Velazquez in 1649-50. It was such a great learning experience! Velazquez used a variety of techniques - areas like the collar were most likely painted Alla Prima, or at the most in two stages. The brush work is expressive with a variety of thick and thin paint. The face was amazing to study - I have shown in the images how I think he may have worked the different stages. forming the planes of the face with the darker/warmer colour before building to thicker mids and then using a mix of glazing and scumbling to create variation in skin tone. The eyes are also really interesting - Velazquez was a master of edges and the eyes use a mix of hard and soft edges to create the final effect. I'd like to do a longer write up but no space here sadly!