Recently, I have been really into giving art as gifts for special occasions. So when my college roommate had her first baby, I knew I wanted to paint her something for mother's day. What better subject to paint than her beautiful baby boy!
I thought I would share a tutorial for this painting. I really enjoyed the process. I used oil paints for this portrait so it took a LONG time (about a year all together). I used their announcement card as a reference photo.
The early photos are pretty poor quality, so bear with me.
Once I had a sketch down on the canvas I started filling in color. By placing dark colors down early, I was able to build the shadows and details.
Dick Blick online.
Thinning mediums (like Turpentine) are solvents that are mixed with oil paints to change the consistency. Basically changing the paint from fat to thin. When you see oil paints that are glossy and shiny, chances are the paint was mixed with a thinner.
For the hair, I used a fan brush like this Royal Langnickel Sofia Fan from Dick Blick.
Here are some close-ups:
I went to Michaels to have this little guy framed. Their custom framing department is always helpful and they have a decent selection of frames and mouldings.
It was so special to give this portrait to my friend and hear now 2 year old Bennett point and say "that's Bennett!"