I made this painting as a gift for my daughter and her husband. They had just gotten married and I wanted to remember the day with a painting. I had a small photo printed out as well as a larger digital image.
Step 1 - Draw
For the drawing I made a 10x10cm grid on the canvas to help get the placement. I used a 2B pencil to do a line drawing of the picture. The important thing here was to get the feet, hands and clothing down. Hands and feet are harder than I thought because they are like mini portraits - in terms of their form but also the way they are held.
Step 2 - Shading
This is a step I use in portraiture and not much else. But because the dress was white and the suit was dark, I needed to be very clear on what were the lightest elements and what were the darkest so as to model the form beneath the clothes. Once I had defined shadow areas with my pencil, I used a fixitive spray to set the grey in place.
Step 3 - Acrylic wash