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Painting a double portrait / Peindre un double portrait

2011 . 04 . 13 - Comments / Commentaires (4)

I’ve not painted many double portraits, but this vlog shows the making of my most recent one.

Je n’ai pas peint de nombreux portraits double, mais ce vidéoblog montre la réalisation de mon plus récent.

If you want to see the other double portraits again, go here, here, and here.

Pour revoir les autres portraits double dans cette vidéo, cliquez ici, ici, et ici.

portrait of a mother and child

Gwenn Seemel
Emily and Tristan / Emily et Tristan
acrylic on canvas / acrylique sur toile
24 x 18 inches / 61 x 46 centimètres
(detail below / détail plus bas)

portrait d'une mere et son bebe

- Relating and portraiture
- The Buccas
- Mother

- Juxtaposition / La juxtaposition
- On loving wrinkles / Aimer les rides
- My own color theory / Ma théorie des couleurs

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(4) Comments / Commentaires: Painting a double portrait / Peindre un double portrait

-- Christel -- 2011 . 04 . 13 --

Very nice! I love the one you made in 2007 as well.
How do you make it, do you use a picture where the two persons look the way you want them or do you combine two pictures?

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-- Gwenn -- 2011 . 04 . 13 --

Thank you! 

In the 2007 image as in this most recent one, I combined two photos.  In the two 2009 pieces, I worked from whole images. 

You can see some of the photoshoot from the portrait of my mom and her dog here.  I’ve found that it’s harder to capture a whole image with a camera, but it also makes the painting process easier. 

Do you ever do double portraits?  If so, how do you work?

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-- Christel -- 2011 . 04 . 13 --

Thank you, that is good to know because I only have very little experience with double portraits (even less than with simple ones wink).

It is nice to see the development and the original pictures of the one with your mother and the dog.

On my side, I have started one of my boyfriend and me on the basis of a picture that I liked. I only made one picture that day and in such a setting so I have to work from that very one. I have tried to change some elements for a better results but it is quite difficult when it has to do with the face, because you might transform the anatomy and the likeness… I still have to finish it. It is hanging in the livingroom already and I can observe it and see what needs to be done.
I have actually also “photoshoped” a picture of it to see the result I could reach by changing and correcting some things. I just need to do it now but I have this little problem that it is very difficult for me to go back to an unfinished work when some time has already passed!

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-- Gwenn -- 2011 . 04 . 13 --

Isn’t that funny?  Sometimes a little time and distance from a painting are exactly what I need to finish it, but mostly if it’s been too too long I just lose the thread and have to start over!

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