Bill Stuart Portrait: Final Draft

Much progress has been made with the portrait. A layout has been established, along with positioning of figures, and a selection of references to Bill's life and interests sprinkled throughout the piece. The next stage will be going into the painting itself, transitioning away from sketches and drawings.

As this process continues, I am finding that my hope of bringing fond remembrance and closure to those in Bill's life is coming to fruition. Those involved in the editing and redrafting of the painting have been expressing their happiness with the process and find themselves happily reminiscing about Bill's life.

I have agreed to donate this final draft for an auction, the proceeds of which will be used to help fund a scholarship in Bill's name. I have also agreed to let reproductions of the final painting be made and sold to also help fund the scholarship. Hopefully, this will help bring happy memories to even more individuals who knew Bill.

More as it develops.

Bill Stuart Portrait: Sketches

I've been commissioned to create a portrait of the late Bill Stuart, partially in the style of the late Jim Ryan. This project presents an interesting situation for me; these are two people who I very much so wish I could have known better, and by creating a portrait in honor one man while honoring the aesthetic style of another, I am able to (somewhat) make that wish come true.

 (Very) Rough sketches of Dr. Stuart.

(Very) Rough sketches of Dr. Stuart.

Still very much so a work in progress. I'm still familiarizing myself with his features and character. I'll be refining his appearance and getting into color soon. I'm currently conducting interviews, researching grief counseling, and studying Jim's technique.

More as it develops.