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.