Custom Tater Couple Portrait
6 x 12 Oil Painting
© 2005 Leanne Wildermuth
He makes progress only when he sticks his neck out.
Tonight I laid down the basic highlights & shadows on their portrait. I blended a bit to get a feel for this paper, and it really holds and blends the chalks well! I’ll be continuing on this piece tomorrow.
I’m done I’m done I’m done I’m done!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! It so rocks, I think I am going to have to keep it. (muaahahaaa) I wish. Scan & details forthcoming! (Wet paint!)
Allllmost finished! Once this is all dry, I’m going to add the stars on the flag, initials on their lil sign, and do a little more darkening & lightening.
After working on her feet, I swear my client is evil. She put those on her on purpose just to confuse me I think. What on earth are those things?! Plastic bare feet in heels with no straps? I’m so confused. Well. If it was her goal to challenge and confuse me, mission accomplished!
Here’s where I’m stopping for the day, I should be able to finish them up tomorrow!
The Mister is done, well – dang close to done. I’m still painting on cam if you want to watch me paint the wifey!
Here’s the second work in progress on our lovely Tater Couple. This is sortof an underpainting, it’ll really only need the lightest lights when I finish them. So basically, what’s finished is almost in its final state.
I’ll be working on John & Ella’s portrait next week, so I’ve been prepping their portrait to get it ready to start. This one will be done in the same medium as Doc Shnurman’s portrait, but this time I’ll be using a different ground. I picked up Wallis Sanded pastel paper (the museum grade), which only comes in white. I mixed a flesh/peach tone using watercolors and acrylics and did a two layer wash over the sheet (stretching and all that jazz while it dried). The digital pic is over-saturated with red, it’s a little more pale in person than what you see here.
I did finally finish up that custom illustration (which just plain rocks, I think!), and over the last couple of 8-10 hour days sitting here in front of the computer on my tablet have resulted in my hand becoming “the claw”. I think I’ll see if I can find a more comfortable stylus for my tablet! I’ve been hitting the couch elevating my arm pretty early the last couple of days because of it. Still a little sore, but a day off from the tablet will cure it! I can’t show you the final graphic until it’s been incorporated into the design, though, so you’ll just have to be patient. :wink:
Today I’ll be painting the Tater couple, and I’ll update my cam status when I get started!
It’s a TATER COUPLE!
This is another commission I’ve begun. What? What is that you say? NOT a pet portrait? What is going on?! Well. It’s all about potatoes, don’t you know. Even my pet portraits start out as spuds. Really. No, not really.
All I can say is that you know you have the funnest (I made that up) job in the planet when you get to paint Taterheads.
I love my life, I love my paint, and I love my Wacom tablet. Amen. Oh, yea, and my husband and kids, too. Amen.