• Danny, Brian, and Daisy

    My buddy Danny commissioned this portrait as a gift for his partner, Brian. He wanted it to include their gorgeous country home in The Catskills and their dog. I love using classical references as a starting point, so I suggested that I could loosely base it on Manet's "Le déjeuner sur l'herbe". (I wanted to include the naked ladies, but they opted not to put them in.) Here are just a few of the reference photos they sent me to use as reference material so that I could get started on a sketch:

    Here's the sketch I sent them for approval before doing the final color version. This is just to give them an idea of the basic composition and placement of all of the elements that will go into the final portrait.

    And here's the final version. I added a ball of yarn and knitting needles and Valley of the Dolls as reading material on Danny's side and I had to make Daisy the focal point by putting her front and center on a pillow since she's so damn cute.