Painting Family portraits

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June/July has been my busiest time of the year for commissions and I've been working on several jobs mostly of multiple portraits. I've recently finished a charcoal commission of 4 siblings. (below ) An older brother, sister and baby twin girls all under the age of six, their Mum certainly has her hands full!

The family came for a sitting and after being couped up for a 2 and half hour car journey from London they arrived in a whirlwind of chatter and mischief.

They were an adorable bunch and such characters. The little girl was inquisitive and thoughtful by nature with cute freckles and her brother had a cheeky shyness and the most amazing curly hair which I wanted to showcase.

The twin babies were so identical when I first saw them that it was only the pattern on their dresses that set them apart. They both had these huge blue eyes, heart shaped face and little rose-bud lips. But the more I studied them the more I could see slight differences. One had wavier hair and the other a more rounded face. I didn't want the twins' portraits to be too similar because obviously they are individual people and different characters. I was pleased with the end result , it always helps when I meet the subjects and take my own photos as it gives me an idea of their personalities.

When I worked on the drawings I found using a grid useful to ge an accurate likeness

I've also just finished these pastel portraits of another family of 4 (below). They are a lovely family who live locally to me. I painted their sons several years ago when they were small and they wanted individual updated portraits of how they all look now.

They are an attractive family with great bone structure abd the 2 sons have very striking eyes and prominent eyebrows which I love. The parents wanted a looser more sketchy style for these portraits which is more of a challenge for me when painting faces. So working on a smaller scale on a pumice-like textured background prevented me from getting too stuck into the detail thus giving a looser feel.

The portraits were a present from all the family for their mums birthday.

I'm pleased to say she was over the moon with them :)

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