Paintings in Process
The Birth of Painting
Several stages of two commissioned portraits are depicted. The process, after taking numerous photos, includes choosing one or several key photos to use as reference. These are chosen with the help of the client, in this case, the parents. An initial oil sketch/study is done at a smaller scale to show basic composition, colors, expression, etc. The study is much less detailed and finished than the final painting.
Once the photo, or the composite sketch using chosen photos, is settled upon the cartoon (outline sketch) of the study is transferred to the actual canvas being used for the portrait. Painting of the finished portrait proceeds in stages, from sketch to shadow areas, to color block-in, to detailed rendering, color adjustment and possible glazing.