I have wanted to do a painting from this photograph I took at a friends wedding for quite a while now.
I made a loose sketch in white pencil on the black background. I didn't like the hat so I decided I would just make him blond.
As I refine the subject I begin thinking about overall colors. I am starting with blue for the shirt and a neutral color for the pants. I want to work more with primary colors in an impressionistic style once I have everything blocked in where I want it.
I did a wash of brown at the bottom with some green mixed in for the foreground. I also started adding some warmer colors on the skin and yellow in the hair. I really like the start of this one and now I will start working a little more impressionistic and using bold color. We'll see how that goes. It does feel good to be painting again though.
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