Photorealistic Painting

Painting RafaelIn art as in life, you can achieve anything you want to if you take the necessary steps. That includes learning how to paint in a photorealistic style.

Last year I was commissioned by a tennis super fan to paint a portrait of Rafael Nadal. I wanted to document my approach to realism, so I filmed the entire process.

Watch my video below to see how I went from step 1 to step 2 — from blobs of paint to a photorealistic portrait. Then try these steps yourself! With a little practice you will be creating your own photorealistic paintings.

Photorealistic Painting

 

Makin’ Plans

Yesterday’s art show, NIA Fine Art Friday, was a lot of fun! I will write more about it in my next post. For now, I want to share some behind-the-scenes photos and advice about preparing for a show.original-mock-up-for-nia-fine-art-friday

As I did with the Catholic Charities Gala of the Arts show, I determined my layout for this event well in advance. I even measured the exact spacing between the hardware I would need to install in order to hang the pieces. All I would need to do is follow my specifications, and the art would practically hang itself!

dean-mock-up-of-nia-fine-art-friday-displayThere was one small hiccup when collectors purchased two of the pieces I had earmarked for the show! This necessitated choosing two back-up pieces, re-designing my layout to accommodate them, and taking new measurements. (Same toes in both photos! 👣)

As you can see above, my final selection included pieces from various series: Art of the Solstice, Chicago Art, Urban Icons, Angel Art, and Chicago Baseball Art. nia-fine-art-friday-setupThe grouping looked surprisingly cohesive — apparently, my work has been stylistically consistent for the past two years!

Not only did I pre-plan my display — each of the exhibiting artists also pre-chose her display area at ChiPRC using the simple floorplan at right. This step was crucial, as we would all be setting up our areas at different times.

With my measurements in hand, installing the art was a breeze! Check back soon for my next post, which will include a photo of my complete display.

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