Kevin and Parents

Kevin and Parents

"Kevin and Parents," 11" x 14", Colored Pencil on Watercolor Paper

This portrait was a Christmas surprise from Kevin to his parents. The initial photograph was very crisp and well-lit – the perfect image for a portrait. I especially liked the placement of the two parents around their son.

The colors in the clothes were altered slightly so that all three matched in shades of blue and red. The striped pattern on the surrounding parents makes a nice frame for the solid shirt on Kevin. Admittedly, their rosy cheeks were the most fun! It can be tempting to be safe with skin tones and use only light tan and off-white colors. However, with the use of reds, blues, and even green, the faces are much more rich and interesting.

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