Newlywed Commission

My weird creatures are gaining publicity, and this year I was hired to make an acrylic painting for a young couple.  After talking with the client about the newlyweds’ tastes, I came up with ideas for both composition and colors.

After getting the go-ahead, I started with a brick-red undercoat on a wood panel.  This dark red served to enhance the greens of the forest, making the setting all the more vibrant.  Knowing this painting would be on display, being looked at again and again, I made sure to add little touches and details to be discovered as time is spent with it.  I added very thin lines, nothing too clunky, because the vibe I was striving for was one of “casual elegance”.  A sense of humor and romance needed to be felt in the work.


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cinnsketchesThis commission was especially fun.  I was given total creative freedom, which can be either a blessing or a curse.  In this case it was an absolute blessing because I had been looking at a lot of Peter Parnall’s work and I wanted to try something different.

I started by sketching the dog to get familiar with the forms, then I traced over my sketch with simple, bold, organic lines.

After transferring the lines to drawing paper, I colored each shape flatly with Prismacolor pencils and then traced over the lines with a 0.5 Copic pen.

The result was an exciting modern twist on a traditional portrait.