Shown here is the original photograph that I was sent by my customer for this commission. I do ask for high quality references photos but in this instance it was the only photograph that they could get their hands on in order for it to be kept a suprise.

As you can see I chose to crop the portrait to head and shoulders only, for obvious reasons. I also chose to render the portrait in watercolours as they are the easiest medium to work with when there is a lack of detail and sharpness in the reference photo.

The customer was really pleased with the outcome, as was I. The watercolours really worked well and for a small sized portrait it packs in a lot of character and detail.