WHEN YOU HAVE A DIFFICULT PORTRAIT TO PAINT
I have some friends whose daughter was not well and she finally lost her battle. It was very hard on them, as the daughter refused to have her picture taken as an adult, so there were very few photos to remember her by.
Since I am now doing portraits, they started asking me to do a portrait so they would have something to keep and remember her by. But with very few pictures to work from, mainly poor quality selfie photos taken from her social media, it was very difficult to get a good likeness!
This is a case where having my 1/4" clear grid really helped. I enlarged the best photo, but it was very grainy. I ended up placing one grid over the photo and another over the painting to constantly compare her measurements and locations of nose, eyes, mouth, etc. The biggest problem was that they wanted her portrait at a younger age than the photo and they wanted to keep the glasses.
So, I took a deep breath and dived in!
soft around her hair and disappearing at the bottom. They chose a frame to go with their home decor and I mounted it for them. The final photo is below. Enjoy!
Now you can see why I added some brown to her hair. This would not have been my choice of a frame but it is what they wanted. As long as they are happy, right? When they picked up the portrait they cried and I noticed they were talking to her as they walked away, a good sign.