This is my most recent portrait, and it is also fitting for Illustration Friday this week: Fiona, Olive and Abe are in front of a BREEZY blossoming tree
I've completed Fiona, Olive and Abe's portrait! I would like to share the process with you and explain how several specific personal items made their way into this portrait.
A little about the pets
Fiona and Olive are the two kitties front and center. (Fiona is the Alpha cat -- there is a tiny Queen Bee in a branch of the blossoming tree above her to symbolize this). Abe is their hedgehog 'sibling'.
Please click on the images to enlarge and read the details about each different item in the portrait!!
I think this may be the most actual colors I've ever used in a portrait. There is a lot of different colors and patterns happening. I was not sure how things would come together until I started painting Olive's cushion. It was a game changer - brought in more colors to the piece but I took it as an opportunity to tie the piece together in a more deliberate way with the color choices I made. While I was painting this piece I was really wishing I had a video camera on my work so I could go "Bob Ross" on you. There were so many decisions I was making that I wished I could explain, so many tips and tricks I wanted to share. Oh well, I will have to try and figure out some way to bring you a You Tube mini painting demo sometime. That would be a blast and bring you more into my process.
See every stage of this portrait:
Compositional Thumbnails • Final Pencil Sketch • Ink drawing In Progress • Final Ink drawing • Partial painting