Family Portrait, process steps from drawing, to iPad, to paint and back again

I’ve been working on a portrait that includes 2 people, 3 dogs, 3 cats, 2 birds, 1 gecko, 1 bunny, and 1 fish. This family portrait is about 3.5 feet wide by 7 feet. I started with a small concept sketch in my sketch book. I did the first layout of paint outlines, in black paint on the canvas at actual scale, based on the sketch. Then I took a photo of the canvas and use my iPhone to collage actual images of the animals and people on top of the painting. Next I sent the image to my iPad and used the Adobe Ideas app to draw on top of the photo collage. I used the digital sketch as a reference for the 2nd round of painting.

You can see the evolution from the original idea to its current state. I plan to repeat this process at least one more time before I’m done. Currently I think I’m about 1/2 way done. The next few stages will go more slowly and the adjustments become less dramatic the closed to finished it becomes. More updates to come!

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