This painting’s composition is based on one of the last scenes in the 2016 movie “Moonlight”. I created my own reference image by taking a photo of two of my friends posed the same way as the characters in the movie scene, then sketched and painted them on my canvas.
This painting is the first in my series, which will focus on the relationships between figures in a painting and between those figures and the viewer of the paintings. The series starts with this painting, where the two subjects are close but do not acknowledge the viewer. The next paintings in the series will see figures that are more distanced from one another, and the final painting will have only one figure looking directly at the viewer.
I’m happy with the progress I’ve made on this first painting, although I’m not totally satisfied with it yet. I would really like to go back and refine a lot of the right half of the painting, including the male figure’s face and the female figure’s hand. Those areas of the painting don’t have the detail I hoped to achieve or number of values I used elsewhere in the painting. I’d like the two figures’ faces to be more stylistically similar; I don’t think the male figure’s face is at the same level as the female figure’s face because the transitions between values aren’t as smooth or gradual. I am very happy with the level of detail I achieved in the female figure’s face, though, especially around the eyes and nose.