Changed the colors in the sweater to fit in better. It was blasting my eyes with it’s stark whiteness. I want the focus on Ben’s face not his sweater.
more details and more background washed in…
I keep the photograph that inspired the portrait close so I can measure and make sure that the features are correct. Just a tiny bit off will make the portrait totally wrong. I am trying to get real good at likeness now. Always striving to improve.
the big reveal…
I love when we see the reserved white areas revealed. I can really get to putting in the detail now. Sometimes it is surprising what I felt was important white areas when I first layout the image,
BTW I use and abuse all family members and friends, as I grab photographs to work from whenever I see something cool so I can practice painting of the human form. The photograph I am using for this one was taken by Sandi Shirley, my co-grandma. Thank you!
My goal was to get Ben’s likeness and I finally feel that I have done it. It does look just like him. Yay! Such a cute baby with two of the deepest dimples you have ever seen. Dimples are not easy, go ahead and try em. It was tricky to get the lighting right, but I feel like the reflection is working correctly too. At least I hope so. What do you think? Be gentle… I’m an emotional artist ya know. 🙂
Focusing on the center point of my inspiration, which is Ben’s smile and the wonderful reflection in the mirror behind him changes the portrait a great deal. Here is the layout sketched in and background wash beginning. The second view is after some more washes. I am taking this slow and gradual as I try to maintain a better realistic representation.
Ben progress shots 01 & 02
Next I will work on the details.
Still working on improving my portraiture craft specifically in the realm of “realism” . This is a progressive shot of Little Ben’s portrait, where I am currently adding darks mediums and lights to get the values right so I can start on the details to finish. One step at a time 🙂
It is an honor to attend a class with Stan Miller at Spokane Art Supply on Wednesdays 1-4pm for Intermediate/Advanced Watercolor instructions. It is so inspiring to work with such a talented master artist. I am working on improving my craft specifically in the “realism” realm. Currently working with two grandkid images, this is Ben on the right. I am following Stan’s suggestion to focus up close and get the realism down pat… instead of doing the whole body layout.