This painting of Ryan, my boss’s son, served as an example for a custom painting I donated to a fundraiser auction for a local Montessori school. People bid on a custom portrait of their child made by me, and the money went to the school. You can see a bit of my process in the shots below.
First, I draw the portrait, focusing on drawing in the highlights and the shadows.
I paint in the background using a brush and a combination of water and acrylic paint. For larger paintings, I use spray paint. The drawing becomes a paint-by-number of sorts, so I then fill in the spaces with color!
The final touch, which makes everything pop, is the black outline. I use India ink. It goes on smooth, is easy to maneuver, and can give a range of line thickness.