Italian Icon Series: Sofia Loren
There’s nobody like Sofia Loren. Not before, and not since. I’ve always had a thing for the period in time where she was at her height.
She’s been a frequent theme in my art over the years. I don’t know how many times I’ve painted her, but I always find myself coming back to this one. It shows her sexy, sophisticated nature.
Here I’ll show you some of my process so you can see the transformation from outline to finished work.
First, I drew Sofia on paper and used a projector to project it onto the canvas. From there, I slowly start to draw it with pen until it looks like a finished pen drawing.
Next, I start with ink and a brush.
If the mood strikes me, I’ll use a bit of coloured ink as well. I generally enjoy the feel of black and white drawings though, as you can probably tell based on the rest of my work.
Seeing Sofia in black and white on such a grand scale, to me, is beautiful. I think that’s why I like to paint in this manner and in this size. I’ll probably be painting Sofia again, just saying.
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If you like this painting of Sofia, there are many others like it on my Toronto art prints store website. Feel free to look around, and contact me with any questions, concerns, or if you’re interested in commissioned work.