We’ve all experienced that moment taking family photos. It’s so difficult to get all of your children looking at the camera and smiling at once. Just trying for one smile is hard enough. Here, two brothers pose for a family photo. The younger brother is ready for his shot while the older one just isn’t quite there yet.
Medium: acrylic on canvas
Size: 30 x 40 x .75 inches
Signed bottom right
I start off with the browns here in the background and blue in the shorts of the younger brother. I’m just laying down the base colors that are most used in the painting.
More base colors are applied here. I paint the orange, yellow, and more blue in the clothing. The grey in the cement is painted in and more brown is airbrushed in the wood of the house.
Some black is painted into the shorts so I have a reference for the darkest area of the painting. Same goes for the brown door in the background. I apply some dark brown so I have a reference point for my other colors.
More dark colors are painted into the rest of the painting. I also add more base colors into the window, cement block, and wood rail in front.
Some detail is painted into the faces, but not a lot. It’s more for reference for the lights I will paint in later. Some detail is painted into the wood paneling of the house and the window area is painted in as a reference point for the rest of the painting. I use the window area as a reference for the overall values for the rest of the painting.
The eyes and hair are painted into the two subjects so they look less like zombies and more like people. The brown pants in the older brother is darkened a bit.
More color is added in the faces and the clothing. I also paint in the different colors in the cement block. The colors now start to give the painting an overall sense of depth and volume.
Color is again painted into the clothing and cement block area. The door is in the back is darkened and the handle is painted in.
More color is painted in. I start some of the detail work, but still keep most of my painting loose. I switch back and forth between the different colors and paint where I see is needed.
Highlights and shadows in the clothing, hair, and skin are painted in. Same goes for the background area, including the cement block, wood railing, and wood paneling of the house.