I am a pretty avid blog reader. Sometimes I’ll revisit a blog that hasn’t been updated for a while, and I get annoyed at how there’s nothing new to read. Then I think of my own blog which hasn’t been updated since June 11th! Oops!
Well, I can’t promise that it will get better permanently, but I do have a string of posts coming up about a special commission that I completed in May. I didn’t post anything while I was working on it, because it was supposed to be a bit of a surprise.
Maria contacted me and asked me to paint a portrait of her nephew Dante who recently died in a motorcycle accident at the age of twenty-two. She wanted me to paint a portrait of Dante for his dad using this photo with a few adjustments. Dante is the one on the left.
Since it was a small photo, I opted to use a grid to get the proportions right on a larger scale. The canvas is 16″ x 20″.
Next, I erased the grid lines as well as I could, and sprayed the drawing with fixative so that the pencil wouldn’t wash away when I put paint over it. Using acrylic paints, I did a wash of Burnt Sienna on the canvas. Then I did a black and white under-painting with acrylic paint.
I didn’t know Dante, but I loved hearing about what kind of a man he was and I wish I could have met him. I will write more about him when I show you the completed painting. In the mean time, stay tuned for more updates.