This painting was done from a live model and a few snapshots to fall back on when our little model got restless. Equivalent results can be realized when painting strictly from ordinary snapshot photo reference. We use a combination of traditional renaissance painting techniques and modern illustration methods to get the most artistic rendition possible from snapshot photo reference while giving our clients a product with great value.
Gotta love children's hands. They are a big part of an individual's personality.
I generally paint children with softer lighting, I decided to stay true to the reference. You can really tell she is looking into a very bright golden light and it gives the painting a wonderful contrast.