Father Portrait

This painting was commissioned as a wedding gift from a bride for her husband-to-be. It is a portrait of his father, who sadly passed away. I had one photo to work from. The painting is painted in acrylic on stretched canvas in the size of 30 x 40 cm.

father painting

The client was very happy with the painting:

Oh my goodness, amazing Ivana. I love it. Wow…

Just received your incredible painting. It’s better than expected. Thank you so so much. I am so excited to be gifting this to Eugene on our wedding day in October. I must go get it framed now. Thank you so much


Father and Baby

This painting is a 30 x 30 cm portrait of a dad with his baby boy. The client commissioned this portrait as a present for the father in the picture. I worked from a lovely reference photo with some lovely rich colours and I wanted to translate this in the painting. I tried to balance the warm red tones with some some cool greens. The client was very happy with the painting a wrote me a lovely email:

Hi Ivana, Wow, that looks amazing…My friends were delighted with your work as was I. It’s really an amazing talent you have. Thank you. Carlos

father and baby painting

Father and Daughter Portrait

This portrait was completed a couple of weeks ago. I really enjoyed working on this painting. The colours in the photo are just beautiful and I wanted to capture the sunlight and the shadows it creates on the clothing and faces. The portrait features a father with his daughter at a skiing competition. The reference photo was a selfie as you can see from the arm reflected in the dad’s glasses.

father and daughter portrait

The painting is 30 x 30 cm in size and painted with acrylics on stretched canvas. I took some photographs of the painting in progress and the finished painting too. I hope you all like it.

Father – work in progress

father portrait wip

I have started working on this portrait yesterday. I have completed the sketch with a HB pencil and I am now moving onto darker shading. The portrait is drawn with graphite on paper 25 x 35 cm in size.

Portrait Painting in progress

family portrait from st.andrews work in progress

This is a brand new portrait painting of a father and son. The backdrop is St. Andrews in Scotland. The portrait is 50 x 60 cm in size. I have now completed the first few stages of the painting. Next I will be working on the background mainly and before I finish off the painting I will adjust the skin tones again.

Family Portrait – work in progress

This is the newest portrait I have been working on. It was commissioned as a birthday present for the client’s husband. The picture is of his father. The drawing is 25 x 25 cm in size and I am now working on the shading. I will post the final scan in a couple of days.

portrait in progress

Family Portrait in Progress

I am now working on a brand new portrait. It is a pencil portrait 10 x 12 inches (25 x 30cm) in size. It is of the client’s father who sadly passed away. It is going to be a special keepsake for the client. I have completed the sketch over the last couple of days and I am now working on the shading. The reference photo is very good and I am only making one change to the clothes. The client asked to have a tie and shirt buttoned up to the top as her father was a very dapper man. Below is a photo I took this morning. I will have the finished scan ready by the end of the week.

pencil family portraits - work in progress
Family Portrait in pencil – work in progress

Three Black Labradors – Pencil Portrait

I have finished this portrait earlier in the week. I was so busy in the studio with all my commissions, that I didn’t scan it straight away. Here it is though, I think it is looking quite well. I hope the client will like it. I just love labradors (well, of course, I have one too :)). This is a portrait of three black ones called Pippa, Kohla and Murphy. Kohla is the mother of the other two. I thought it was lovely to have them all in the same portrait. The drawing is drawn with graphite pencils on paper and it is 35 x 25 cm (14 x 10 inches) in size. I have a mount ready to go for it and I will mount it as soon as I hear from the client.

three black labradors portrait in pencil
Portrait of three black labradors

I am now working away on another portrait in pencil. It is a lovely vintage wedding portrait. It was commissioned as a present for the bride who is celebrating a wonderful 70th Birthday next week. Unfortunately her husband has passed away only recently, so the portrait will be a wonderful reminder of their life together. This is a present from her daughter. I will be finishing off this portrait over the weekend and post the scan when finished. I have one more portrait to do before Easter and it is a very interesting one of a guitarist.

vintage wedding portrait in progress
Wedding Portrait in progress

Bride portrait in progress – step 4

This is the next stage of the bride portrait I have been working on. I have added some detail on the bride and dress. There is lots more detail to go on and I will be finishing the painting tomorrow.

Bride portrait - step 4
Bride portrait – step 4

Bride portrait in progress

I have made more progress on the bride portrait I am currently working on. Firstly, I put down an under painting over the skin areas. I used a mixture of raw umber and white which will work great as a base for adding skin tones at a later stage. Today, I spent most of the day working on the background. I wanted to do this before adding skin tones as the background colours will effect how skin colours are appearing in the portrait. Photographs of the two steps are below. Tomorrow, I will be working mostly on the bride and her dress.

Bride portrait in progress - step 3
Bride portrait in progress – step 3
Bride portrait in progress - step 2
Bride portrait in progress – step 2