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Ridin' Piggyback

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This portrait of Michael with Kevin on his shoulders illustrates the results I get from using a photograph to paint a portrait. As you can see, by the time I get done with the painting, I've put all the emphasis and highlights where they belong - on the people involved.

Check out the snapshot (above left). It provided the basis for the painted portrait located on the right. Look at all the nasty distraction in the background. Plus, there are way too many shadows on Michael's face. Never-the-less, the basic composition of the subjects is excellent. Notice how I've placed the focal point squarely on Michael and Kevin by eliminating all the extraneous clutter. In addition, I've painted in highlights and lightened the shadows to give the portrait greater visual depth. And honestly, this website picture doesn't do justice to the canvas version.

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