Very last minute commission of Joey on A3 / 11 x 16" (Stayed up all night several nights in a row to get it done)
Worked from a very poor quality photograph, so had to build up the shoulders using other photographs of him.
Been up all night, so the photo is probably pretty bad and I've just not noticed.. going to sleep now.. shattered
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The eyes do pop out on the first image, yes, however it makes it appear very cartoony, which is not what I am commissioned to create. The second image uses more background, but again, if I'm not asked or required to create a piece that has a great in depth background. I aim for realism, so for me, art is making it as real to the subject I am asked to create. I agree bringing emotion in to a piece is good, though I find a lot of my commissioners see their animals 'characters' in their portraits, which is good enough for me.