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A lovely Oil portrait of two little girls

 Sophia & Vivienne

30 x 40cms

 Oil on gallery wrap canvas

Simon had me create the portrait as surprise birthday gift for his wife.

 He bought them around on his quad bike and I took hundreds of photos.

We chose this idea.Vivienne didn’t look very happy in this photo so I chose another photo that showed her lovely smile. I photoshopped them together to come up with the reference photo.

The original photo idea for the girls portrait

We decided this was a lovely idea as it captured a connection between the two sisters.

Chosen reference photo for Vivienne

I knew I had other photos that better showed Viviennes lovely smile. I chose this nicer one.

Final concept photo for Vivienne & Sophia

I  photoshopped the two best ones together to come up with the reference photo we used..

The original photo idea for the girls portrait

The photos were lovely but the lighting wasn’t great. They had dappled shade on their faces , the photo was drab and had a green caste.

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I decided to downplay the shadows on their faces but use the sunlit areas to enable me to use more colour and bring their expressions out more.

Flat front lighting can be boring and I didn’t want pale pasty faces. It took some skill but I think I did a good job of bringing out the best from the photos.

I’ve enhanced Viviennes smile and captured Sophias contemplative look.

Closeup of Sophia

 Close up of Sophia

An Oil portrait of a young girl

Closeup of Vivienne

I continue the portrait around the sides for a quality finish

For a quality finish I continue the portrait around the edges of the canvas.