Wednesday, January 03, 2007
Yipee!! Final Azucar portrait is done and I am so happy with the results. there is TONS of detail in this one and I carefully worked the texture and layers of colors throughout. I'm really happy with the way that the flowers, the stuffed animals, and the sky, and the banner, Azucar himself...and, well, the way the entire piece came out. Azucar's fur color is very layered and rich tonally, and has some paint texture in there too. The bottom quilt section was modelled after Azucar's own quilt given to him by his Grandmother. The quilt has actual photos of Azucar printed onto the fabric and it is a delightful keepsake quilt. I think I captured the spirit of the quilt very well in the bottom quilt portion of the portrait. The two stuffed animals to the right are two of Azucar's favorites, and I think they came out just great, with the paintbrush dappling effect adding a lot of fur dimension with texture and light. The top banner is an homage to Cuba's flag, and I think I have managed to give it the Cuban flavor without it being overwjelmingly "flaggy" looking. It's undoubtedly based on the flag of Cuba, yet it also maintains the overall aesthetic of my signature style. Something else I love is the 'color aura' around generally the whole piece, which I love to do in many of my paintings and I think here it is particularly successfully executed. Enjoy! and check out more detailed shots here.