The second painting of this series, the mischievous 4-year old boy in my class.  I had to get that look just right, like a smart pouting look.  I’m loosing up a bit with this painting and tightening up around smaller features like the eyes, nose and mouth.  I wanted a more “pure” look as well, with a soft brush-blending to the face and even an abstract look to the clothes.

The last thing was the background.  At first I was deciding on a teal blue or orange.  There was already enough blue, and an orange/brownish color would offset the whole headshot. It’s not perfect, but as long as an artist paints portraits, I don’t expect perfection anymore.  I expect a passionate rendering of the subject.