Pencil Portrait – “In Remembrance”

"In Remembrance", 16" x 20", Graphite Pencil on Watercolor Paper

“In Remembrance”, 16″ x 20″, Graphite Pencil on Watercolor Paper

This is a heartfelt portrait. A very thoughtful customer wanted a birthday present for her boyfriend, whose father passed away when he was on leave from the military.

She only had one picture of the father. But this was a stealth operation and she had to get this picture off his phone when he wasn’t looking. (Is it wrong that the Mission Impossible theme song comes to mind?) In the original picture someone has their hand on his shoulder and his body is slanted slightly. I omitted the random hand and adjusted the father’s shoulders so they were more relaxed. Also, his clothing was adjusted so it framed his face and provided some contrast to his skin tone.

His personality was described as: Happy, cheerful, lovable, nice, caring, and passionate. So I focused on his eyes and paid special attention to their twinkle and laugh lines. A person with that kind of disposition always has fantastic eyes full of character and individuality!

You can read the testimonial about this portrait HERE


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In Remembrance by Artistry by Lisa Marie is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License.
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