Here is a new portrait commission that is different from anything I’ve done before. This gentleman always wanted to be depicted like Humphrey Bogart in Casablanca. So my job was to emulate the look of an old forties movie star photograph of a man in a white dinner jacket. It was fun to create this vintage portrait of a man using the low key lighting technique used in movie star publicity photos back in the forties.
This was an especially challenging portrait from a photo. Because this portrait was supposed to be a surprise, my source material provided by his wife was a photo of a photograph that was framed behind glass. There was camera distortion and a big blob of black where the dinner jacket was supposed to go. So it took some research on dinner jackets of that time period and creative guessing of how the jacket should fit his body in that position to get it all to work and look like a realistic portrait.
This was a surprise retirement gift from a friend. Here is a photo of the client seeing his pastel portrait for the first time. He was stunned and amazed at first, then very touched. Having a happy client is what it’s all about for me.
This pastel portrait was done on sanded paper, and mounted with a custom mat to fit a 20 x 24 frame. It was done with CarbOthello pastel pencils. and some pastel sticks.