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.