A surprise Christmas commission of two lovely brothers and their beloved Doherty. I went to photograph this lovely group together in their garden. I’ve used a mixture of a couple of the photographs to get the best composition and personality of each individual. The main thing I wanted to come across in the portrait was how comfortable they were together and how much they clearly loved Doherty (and how much Doherty loved them too!) I thought that in this shot of Doherty he was like their Sentinel posted in between.
|The finished painting 20″x16″ pastel on velour.
I blurred the background so that they would all stand out
crisply in the foreground.
|The two photos used in the composition.|
|My sketch transferred onto the velour I’ve started to block
in the background.
|Keeping the background loose|
|As the faces are mostly in shadow the highlights will be
kept to a minimum and the main highlight colours in shadow
will be cooler tones.
|Pale lilacs make the cool side’s highlights while
Unison Grey 27 which is a yellowy light creates the
sunlit areas and highlights.
|I love an excuse to use Unison BV 12 which is
such a vibrant blue.
|Working dark to light for Doherty’s coat.|
|Highlight colours include Grey 27 as well as a red
and a range of blues
|I like Faber Castel Pitt pastel pencils for very small
|Showing the lower layer of cool tones.|
|After I had completed the portrait I noticed extra
tweaks on William’s face. These I addressed later.
They included more work around his eyes and mouth
which altered his expression slightly.
|All finished and in their frame. Beautifully framed at Art & Home
Holywood with a double mount and spacers.
|A close up of Ted|