When standing back and observing a finished piece of art, most people probably wouldn’t consider the process and stages the piece went through to get it to that finished state. I look at pieces I have done myself and it doesn’t even cross my own mind I must admit, and I was there!
I do love seeing other artist’s progress pictures as it gives you a greater appreciation of the many differing methods people use to build up an image.
While downloading a heap of photos off my phone, realised I’d taken some images as I worked on the painting I did of my son earlier in the year, and thought it might be interesting to revisit.
I recall that of these stages, I probably spent the most time on the black and white under-painting, with most of that time spent on my sons face. As you can see by the final image, there were still minor tweaks – most noticeably in the eyes – right up until the last minute.
I also remember that it wasn’t until I added the red stripes on his t-shirt (probably the last element I painted) that the image really popped.
Very proud of this painting, and my son is pretty chuffed too.