Step-by-step: Capture a family resemblance
1 I’m painting two sisters of similar age and one several years younger, and need to incorporate developmental differences. Features tend to become more pronounced with age. I can give the two similarly aged sisters similar features, but then afford them different personalities through body language. 2 Working in ArtRage, I block in colour behind some sketchy drawing of the trio using the Chalk tool. Skin pallor and hair colour represent two more ‘likeness tools’ I can use. Hair type is another. I opt for wavy hair, but being sisters they’ll want their own styles. It’s about trying to imbue individual personalities. 3 I consolidate things, working up details and checking I’m not erring towards individuality at the expense of the family likeness. I strive for a balance. For this example the sisters are all in the same piece with the same lighting. If I were showing them in separate scenes, I’d make the resemblance more obvious.