The Completed Portrait
Hi Karen, What can I say??? I'm speechless!!!
The painting is everything I hoped it would be and more. We both really love it and you'll be pleased to hear that once we managed to unwrap it, there was no damage.
You have captured both boys magnificently and we will treasure it always. I am mesmerised by James' blue eyes, I can feel them looking at me. My two boys together.
The prints are just perfect and I know our parents will love them too.
Thank you so so much, you have done an amazing job!
See how the portrait came together
The first stages can appear quite untidy as it is important that I build up the skin tones by applying translucent layers until completion. Darker colours were applied as a base tone to aid the lighter tones that will be applied over the top. The process for a portrait is a very slow one as I need to apply everything steadily to ensure perspectives are kept in check and the right undertones are applied. With much of the initial base layers having been applied, I very slowly began the build up of the tones, ensuring a colour balance between them both as discussed with the Commissionee, once everything was layered correctly, I applied the tonal background and begun work on the finer detail for realism.
All framed up
The Commissionee ordered a couple of prints so that family members could also have a copy of the painting. As I take the RAW photos myself for prints to be created from, a proof copy was first ordered, followed by the final order of an A4 & an A3.