When I paint someone's portrait from a photo and they are smiling, I smile too. I am totally in love with this little guy and I haven't even met him…yet! I approached this painting differently than others I have done. I finish my own painting boards with many layers of gesso that I sand down. I used a roller to apply the gesso on the last batch I made and there is quite a bit of texture to them. They are more absorbent as well. At first I thought of this as a flaw, but after using them, I realize I can get a different effect from them and it really worked on this portrait. I blended my colors instead of layering them, and he came out very soft looking which I like. I hope you do too!
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