Friday, 27 January 2012

This is the finished portrait of William Hill. This painting was painted from a photograph taken at his Golden Wedding in 1930.

Wednesday, 18 January 2012

William Hill, Sheila's great grandfather,I have done a lot of work on his portrait, especially around the eyes. The eyes were not obvious on the old black and white photograph (circa 1930) that I was using as reference so I have had to use some guesswork to try and make them look right, so I have had to paint them several times, but I think that they may be about right at the moment. There is still some more work to be done on the rest of the painting. Great grandfather Hill isn't done yet.

Thursday, 5 January 2012

William Hill, Sheila's maternal great grandfather.
Another portrait from an old black and white photograph. As before I have sketched the portrait, a couple of times in pencil, and now I have blocked it out  in black and white to get the tones right and to create a likeness. This was especially difficult around the eyes as in the original photograph the head was less than 2 inches in size and the eyes were indistinct and lost in the shadow of the eye socket.