Welcome to my pet and family portrait blog. If you have commissioned a portrait you can see how it is progressing. If you would like to commission me to paint your pet, family or friend then visit my site at www.katetugwellportraits.com
This latest commission is for a wedding in June. I used the main photo here, along with a number of others to sketch them closer together on a 30cm square canvas board. I decided to keep the lighting, background and clothing simple and white as it's for a wedding. Raw umber was used first to paint in the shadows and hair. The skin tones had a wash of flesh tint mixed with crimson and burnt sienna in the shadow areas and cheeks. Then I focused on getting the features correct. I used a small round brush to carefully paint the different colours in their eyes and get their mouth shapes right. In the next stage I scumbled and glazed different colours to build up realistic skin and hair tones until I was happy that the painting had enough form. This simple portrait will look great in a frame and I hope the bride and groom love it!