There is a special bond that lies between mother and child. All mothers feel it and I wanted to show that here, a painting of a mother and her son. There is nothing else like it.
Medium: acrylic on canvas
Size: 40 x 30 x 1.5 inches
Signed bottom right
I apply the skin tones here and begin the painting process. At this early stage, I’m basically sketching with my airbrush the general areas of the painting.
More sketching and filling in areas of the painting with my airbrush. Still very early in the painting process and a lot of filling in before the painting begins to take shape.
I put in some hair here. It is important to put in the hair here as it will be the darkest area of the painting. It’s needed to adjust the values in the rest of the painting. I know where my blacks are and adjust the values in the faces accordingly lighter or darker.
More sketching and filling in the rest of the painting. There is a lot of detail and parts in this painting. More sections meant more time spent developing each section of the painting. There are two faces, hair, and two different types of shirts.
Started using a darker grey color to give the faces some volume. I added detail into the clothing to set apart the skin and clothes. At this stage, the painting really starts to develop into something.
More dark grey color is added to give the working piece some contrast. Added a bit more detail into the clothing and faces of the subjects.
I added black into the hair to get a reference point for my black. Now I can see where the darkest parts of the painting are and adjust the grey accordingly.
I add more black to build up the contrast in the painting. This also gives the two subjects volume. The hair takes form, faces get round, and texture in the clothing really start to develop here. I also start painting in some detail work where I can, but still keep things quite loose with the airbrush. There’s also some light grey I put back into the faces for highlights.
More black, light grey, and detail work in the hair. I continue going back and forth between the lights and darks to see what works and what doesn’t. Getting it right with two subjects was especially challenging in this painting.
More black, highlights, and detail in the hair, clothing, and faces are painted in. At this stage, I’m going back and forth between the hair, faces, and clothing as I need to strike that balance in order for the values to be right.
Here, I add in the baby’s hair and add more detail to the clothing. I’ve already gone back and forth from light to dark in the faces at least 5 times at this stage of the painting. Getting the right value in both faces was very challenging. Darkening the clothes required darkening or lightening of the faces and was adjusted a number of times.