"A Portrait of Medieval Twins"
Finished December 30th, 2010
Oil on canvas
This is my second attempt at using oils. I don't know how many references I used for this one.
A fair number to be sure.
Next time I try to do an oil painting, I'm getting better references. I had to make-up pretty much everything in this one. Hence, why the perspective on the chair is off, why nothing looks terribly real, I didn't have my twins modeling in front of a window (so I made up the light source behind them), etc. All in all, it doesn't look very realistic.
I worked SOOOO long on this though. All standing up (or kneeling down), over the course of several months, to be fair though, I didn't really work on it very much before. So when the due date (December 31st) was fast approaching, I finally plopped myself down, popped some CDs in the boom-box and painted. For hours.
. I gave it to my friends on New Years Eve so I had to finish it up quickly.
I didn't really base any of the outfits on a particular time period. I kind of just came up with the dresses and accessories as I went along.
The stained glass windows are representative of their symbols. Lots of roses.
The shields behind them are their coat of arms.
This is a portrait I made of two very good friends of mine, all dressed up in medieval attire.
It sadly doesn't really look like them, but portraits have NEVER been my strong suit. I find it easier to make up features rather than accurately portray what's already there. This is also my second oil painting ever, so be gentle. XD I suppose over all I'm fairly happy with it, but I have problems with it. It makes me want to redeem myself by painting another one. Maybe trying one from a photograph would be good.
And dang, it's hard to take photographs of pictures this big.