The first step in my painting is to draw the subjects carefully in pencil. This piece is a portrait of my son and me.
I apply the first thin washes of paint on my face. I paint in the eyes pretty early in the process.
I start painting in the background early in the painting.
After my face is almost done, I start painting in the clothing and body.
After most of my portrait is finished, I move on to paint my son, the second subject.
I darken and put more details on my face, sunglasses and clothes. I darken my son's face, hair and shirt. I mask my necklace to protect the white on it.
I deepened the background, my son's hair and shirt. Finished!