Making of 'Cigarette Girl and the Boxer'

In progress photo for Bee & the Butterfly Boxing Glove painting from first signature to final image   In progress photo for Bee & the Butterfly Boxing Glove painting from first signature to final image

Blank paper and close up of working sketch.

Painting begins with my signature followed by white and yellow highlights.

In progress photo for Bee & the Butterfly Boxing Glove painting from first signature to final image

Bee's stripes required three layers of paint, and irises are on second coat of purple.

In progress photo for Bee & the Butterfly Boxing Glove painting from first signature to final image

The stars are added one at a time using a cocktail stick.

In progress photo for Bee & the Butterfly Boxing Glove painting from first signature to final image
Pausing to check the work from the front.
In progress photo for Bee & the Butterfly Boxing Glove painting from first signature to final image   In progress photo for Bee & the Butterfly Boxing Glove painting from first signature to final image
Letting the paint dry and then adding in the background.
In progress photo for Bee & the Butterfly Boxing Glove painting from first signature to final image
Most of my painting is done using a 10x0 brush, however the background is blended using a 4 brush cut at a 45 degree angle.
In progress photo for Bee & the Butterfly Boxing Glove painting from first signature to final image
The final work.
In progress photo for Bee & the Butterfly Boxing Glove painting from first signature to final image
All boxed up for the buyer.
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This painting was a commission. The subjects were an amateur boxer and his wife, Iris, who were related to the commissioning client. The mini beasts were inspired by the Mohammed Ali quote, "Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee."
Find out more by reading Q&A with a Commissioning Client under 'Press: In Print and Online' in the menu below.

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