Sunday, November 18, 2007

A Quick Little Portrait


This is a commissioned portrait I did recently. The client sent me a very nice photo of her parents, and which I used as the basis for the two-colour painting. I was really inspired by the reference photo, since it had such a great retro-1950's feel to it. Honestly, it looked like it was right out of a car-ad or catalog from that era. I tried my best to keep that feel, and only changed up a few minor details in the background. All in all, this one was one of the quickest and most enjoyable commissions I've ever done.

You can also see the original pencil sketch I did for it below -- the only thing I modified from it during inking was the shadows on the man's coat. which I blacked out just to unify the blacks a bit more and help move the eye around.

14 comments:

Bill Nolan said...

Beautiful stuff yet again, Mike! Glad to have you back, by the way. If I end up posting fewer comments in the future, it's only because I'm just reading the blog in my mail program via the RSS feed these days. Definitely still reading!

Jason Chalker said...

Wow, that's great Mike. You really did capture that wholesome 50's feel. I'll bet your client loved it.

Michael Cho said...

Bill: thanks, Bill. Always nice to hear from you, buddy. I hope all is well with you.

Jason: thanks, Jason. From the response, I think the client was pleased with the results. Really, it was a pretty easy commission.

Per H said...

This is the the mood of the 50's! Great!

STOVEPIPE.NET said...

Wow! That is so fabulous I don't know what to say!

Dominic Bugatto said...

Very nice indeed.

Michael Cho said...

Thanks, guys -- I appreciate the kind words!

RLS said...

That's so cool, Mike. I really see what working on that would be a lot of fun.

RLS said...

er, what=why

Dan Christensen said...

Breathtaking. Beautiful job, as always, Mike.

Honolulu Dogfight said...

That looks fantastic.

Michael Cho said...

Ron: thanks, buddy -- yup, it was a breeze to work on.

Dan: thanks, Dan. Hope all is well with you and your projects.

Honolulu Dogfight: thanks, dude! Nice to hear from you.

AlanaMcCarthy said...

Gorgeous! It's nice when a client hires you for exactly what you like doing.

Michael Cho said...

Thanks, Alana. I agree -- I love it when my interests and a client's match!