Wednesday, January 21, 2009

The Romanov Children Study


8 x 10 inches, watercolor and gouache, sketchbook, 2009.

This is a rough sketch for a commission i am working on. It's a portrait of the Romanov children who were murdered at the start of the Russian revolution. The reference image is black and white but the finished painting will be in colour so this sketch is a colour test as well as compositional - I have moved Alexei to a central position whereas in the original photo he is on the far right. I didn't worry too much about likeness as that will be more important in the final painting.

4 comments:

Loredana said...

Mark you say this is a sketch, to me it's a stunning paint!

Erika Nelson said...

Can't wait to compare this sketch to the actual piece. I do love the lively rendition of it!

Artshtick said...

I agree! Your study is very well done!

DEB said...

I like the composition. It doesn't look like you'll need to change very much at all!