With this portrait, I wanted to focus on tonal values, accuracy, and emotion. I spent a lot of my time on his face, trying to get the shadows and highlights correct. The use of a mood board was also extremely helpful when trying to get his likeness precise. I chose not to blend my colors and use a large brush because I wanted a move humanistic and active portrait.
For a lot of my portraits, I draw inspiration from Baroque and Rococo portraiture. Artists of that time were able to create illumination, emotion, drama, and symbolism through their use of light and dark and progressive color palettes.