My friend Nava contacted me about creating a pair of commissioned portrait pieces of her and Michael to celebrate their anniversary. I do not take on people portraits very often but she helped get me through a tough half marathon in Indy a few years back and so this was the least I could!
She sent over some photos for me to work from and knew she wanted the final piece to have some embellished texture after seeing one of my other recent works.
I used a different photo to get the best image of each of them for reference. And created my basic sketch to begin creating the art.
During the entire process I kept the original photos of them up inside of Photoshop so that I could constantly glance over and refer back to them, to make sure their likenesses were spot on.
To give the piece something that would work well with texture, I incorporated a nice evergreen tree behind them.
Once Nava approved of the art the following steps took place to bring it all to life.
I wish Nava and Michael a lifetime of Happy Anniversaries and all the best!