Issa and Lawrence from INSECURE show portrait

Making Of / 10 March 2022

This portrait is of Issa Rae and Jay Ellis who play the parts as Issa and Lawrence in the HBO show "INSECURE" which is one of my favorite shows.

Throughout the show, Issa and Lawrence have a relatable down to earth relationship with ups and downs but I wanted to capture a moment of the show when they were on the same frequency in life and were happy together

I started this painting in black and white just like I do with all of my paintings.

Coloring was easy. I always color based on my own "grayscale to Color" process. Below shows some of the progression with the coloring. You can learn my easy process HERE

I thought that this painting would look boring If I just painted everything like the reference so I decided to add a fantasy style to it by fading the edges and swooshing Issa and Lawrence together with pastel textured strokes. The blend in between them represents them coming together as one in their relationship

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