The Completed Portrait
Watch the portrait come 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.