I was so excited to work on this awesome Father's day gift for an athlete from his wife. Inspired by a portrait I painted of a bodybuilder with a superman tattoo, she sent me several photos of her husband in and out of the boxing ring. I combined a couple of the photos for the large oil portrait.
I wanted to create a strong, energetic, and powerful image of an athlete.
There are several of layers of color, and I built up a lot of texture on the surface as well.
This was one of my favorite parts - the small scene of him boxing in the ring. I like the loose brushwork and the indication of the feet without defining everything. The movement of the boxers is a great compliment to his stoic gaze above.
Sometimes I am diligent about taking process photos, and this was one of those paintings that inspired me to capture each stage. I linked the photos together in this short video...
Creating custom portraits like this are truly rewarding.