Portrait Project #1: Francisco

In the beginning of December, I offered free portraits to any facebook friends who so desired one. I received many, many responses! This “Portrait Project” will not only allow me to reconnect with friends I’ve lost touch with, but also to practice my portrait skills. Part of the project is the freedom of experimenting in various styles and colors. I’m very excited for the opportunity to paint such different and beautiful people.

Francisco was the first person to respond to my facebook post about the free portraits. The smiley-face he gave was enough for me to start looking for a picture of him to paint. I tried to find something serious, and it was incredibly difficult. I finally found one. The only picture in his entire facebook photo repertoire where he is not smiling.

First layer:

francisco portrait 1

I am not completely happy with it yet; when I begin to add the next layers, I will decide whether to keep the painting, or destroy it and start from scratch. That happens from time to time. I think brown suits him, but I’ll add some light blues to keep it fun. I’ll continue to post progress on the painting…

 

 

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