So Close, Background Yes or No?

So close. Cole is almost finished. Thank goodness, I worry this one has taken longer than it should. Partly because of the detail and also because of my shortage of time with a new baby. Hopefully I can finish this weekend. Now for the big question, does it need some information of the background? If yes than I am thinking a dulled brown or gray to bring in the arm of the chair that would help place Cole. What do you think?

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7 Responses to “So Close, Background Yes or No?”


  1. 1 Love.Ewe March 8, 2014 at 1:20 pm

    Yes. Not a full background but the arm of the chair definitely needs to be there. Looking very good.

  2. 3 Anne Goodman March 8, 2014 at 1:43 pm

    A). What does the client want?
    B). Perhaps the cushion under his head, since his cheek is being pushed up?

  3. 5 Allison March 8, 2014 at 5:04 pm

    He looks wonderful! Definitely needs something under his head. The pic is the chair, which is cranberry, but that color would detract from him, so I agree a muted tone would work. Could we maybe keep the faint swirl pattern in the chair fabric? Faint and muted. I can send a pic of it if that helps. If that won’t work then that’s fine. I trust your judgement! He looks fabulous!! I’m amazed how well you’ve captured the way the light hits him and all the nuances of his shading. Thank you!!


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