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With this one, I am trying a new technique I picked up from one of the girls on Sky’s “Portrait Artist of The Year” to try and save time. Using the cropping grid on my iPad and then taking a screen shot, I have then been able to draw equivalent grid lines on my paper to aid in getting proportions right in the early stages (instead of my usual ‘throw the paint on and shape/position it better with each sitting!’). We’ll see how it goes, bearing in mind it’s a relatively minimal content so it should be done a lot quicker anyway.

This scene from cult chick-flick “Love Actually” does my head in because it’s the kind of thing I’d do myself, although not if it was my mate’s girlfriend! If she was single and fair game then yes.

Anyway, it’s still a great romantic scene and, looking at this purely from a commercial point of view, a painting of a scene like this should always sell, be it Valentines day, Christmas, birthdays etc.
So that’s my excuse for painting it. Commercialism. No other reason. Honestly.

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(22/01/15) 1hr30…
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(23/01/15) 2hrs45…
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(25/01/15) 3hrs45…
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(02/02/15) 5hrs45…
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(06/02/15) 8hrs15…
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(13/02/15) completed after approximately 14hours…
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