I was asked to do a portrait of a good friend of mine, a portrait if him and his dog. I was very flattered that his partner asked me on the sly to paint this picture of him for his birthday/Christmas. Obviously as this was on the sly I painted it from a photograph. I was a little worried by the photo as it was a quick snap that someone took on their phone and so the detail and focus wasn’t as good as I would have liked. I had a go and kept with the same dulled down colour palette from the photo which I think worked. I also tried to keep the background in a slight blur so that you would concentrate on the portrait which I think worked too.
It’s always a little nerve racking doing a portrait of a friend as it means so much more to you as an artist to get it right, but at the same time at least you really know them so you can tell when you’ve got it right.
It was also the first time I’ve painted a dog, and again this dog means the world to my friend so again this has to be right – scary!
I tried hard. I hope they liked it!