Dante


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.

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About Melody

My name is Melody Martin. Check out my art blog, and learn all about the steps and techniques that go into oil paintings.
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2 Responses to Dante

  1. Holly Niphakis says:

    thanks, Mel, for updating your blog….I know enough not to point out things on your unfinished paintings 🙂 ….looks good…

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