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Old 01-24-2009, 12:39 PM
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Portrait commission step by step

I thought I would quickly show how I normally approach a commission where I have to travel. This time London. I took lots of photos ,change of clothes in different settings in Bella's house.Then when I decided with the parents suitable options with the digital camera, I painted a study from life. It took about 2 hours , I use this to find my colours and edges , and also to study her as she relaxes and gets to know me.I talk half the time to her so she reacts.

Back in my studio after deciding the layout and how to approach it .I have included stages after each hour. Using my photos and study.
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Old 01-24-2009, 12:43 PM
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Next stage of where I am at today
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Love it Aldo
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Omg, glad to see you posting again! Gorgeous!!!!
This child looks a bit like my friend's daughter.
Beautiful work as always Aldo.
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Thanks so much for this inspring posting
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Simply beautiful, the flow of the comp on the diagonal is esp nice played off against her serene expression. I'd have liked to be a little fly on the wall as you built up the skin tones:-)
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Very nice!
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Quite amazing! What a wonderful WIP. Thanks for sharing the process with us.

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Great work, Aldo! Thank you for sharing your process.
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Thanks for sharing this, Aldo. Very informative and inspirational. Looking forward to the rest!
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Very nice, Aldo. Thanks for posting.
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Aldo,
Thanks so much for posting this as a WIP and also discussing your process and showing the life sketch. I look forward to seeing more WIP of this portrait.

Could you share with us what paint palette you are using for the skin? (and possibly for the rest of the painting)

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Thank you Aldo for sharing this with us, it will be a beautiful portrait. Roxie
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just beautiful.

how large is this Aldo?
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The portrait is 20 x 16.

She has a pale complexion , I used Tit. White , Yellow Ochre , Terra Rosa ,
Ultramarine Blue with a little Viridian in just a few places.

I have attached a couple more WIP's after hour 6 and 7. Unfortunately
8 and 9 are of poor quality. I will retake some more tomorrow when I hope to finish it . I have finished the face now ( I think )!
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