Case Study: Clara and Jesus

Clara and Jesus are two friends who came to our Art Party and posed to be considered for a portrait. There was something about their photos that interested me, and I decided to interview them to learn their story in order to do a proper painting.

They Clearly Have Fun Together

From the photos, you get a sense of a couple who know each other well, who enjoy hanging out.

It's as if they share a secret.

What are they laughing at? Who are they to each other?

And this picture really caught my eye.

In the moment, I think Clara is pointing to the spot she should stand, but you get the feeling these two have spent a lot of time together and are comfortable.

I did a few drawings.

I was really interested in their hands. Is Jesus reaching for Clara's hand, but she's pulling back? What's happening here?


Part of the challenge was getting the angle right, having it look like her, even though we're seeing the top of her head.


Jesus is looking longingly to where Clara points. He's a little confused.

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