Sunday, December 11, 2011

Formal Portrait, Dr. Thompson's Grandparents

Final size of painting is 18 X 24, oil

Here is the photo of Dr. T's Grandfather I had for reference

Here's the photo of Dr. T's grandmother that I started with...

I composed the painting like a traditional Japanese portrait. I added a body on Grandfather, sat Grandmother on a chair, chose a different kimono (silky texture, peach for the color, with hand-painted flowers). I also reasearched traditional hairstyles, and chose a simple, but more elegant upsweep.
I researched the samari outfit for the Grandfather.
I painted this in black and white first, then added color as I developed the painting.