For Christmas I made a portrait of my daughter, Anastasia and her fiance David.
I drew the two of them together. I wanted to make two portraits but have them displayed together. I drew them in such a way so that they look like they could be holding hands off panel. The background objects are distortions of the chairs they are sitting on. I used the shape to create a dynamic composition and the red upholstery for color.
I took the opportunity to do David's face again and it looks much better.
The original photo has a warm reddish or golden brown for the background but I really want to user a blue green or turquoise. Call it artistic license.
I really like Stashi's hair here and this composition may be the most successful.
I got the colors that I like together and made a first rough draft to see how it comes out. I enjoyed the muted colors here unfortunately the red of the upholstery doesn't show very well in this scan. I wanted to make the colors flat (no shading) and roughly applied while the black lines don't follow the shapes of color but rather define the images. I wanted to make them as realistic (in pen and ink) as possible though, again, I accept what I get. I need to tone down the mouth.
Over all, this is pretty nice. I love the splash of red of the upholstery though I'd like the dress to be a little more tame.
In the end I attempted to apply the colors as roughly as possible. I quickly brushed them on with a minimum of thinking or planing, trusting my intuition and previous practice efforts. I approach this work more as a performance that I practice for than a visual image that I work on till I'm satisfied. It's way too easy to kill a painting by overworking it so I plan it out with numerous versions before I hit upon the final version. There are two other versions I haven't shown here.
David's face has been really hard to capture but I think this is good enough.