I saw this photo on my friends facebook page of her daughter and her homecoming date and was immediately drawn to it. It just had a Norman Rockwell appeal to it. They are just so dang cute! So of course I asked my friend if I could paint it and she graciously said yes.
Then I sketched out the drawing onto tracing paper using a 5 X 7 grid under the tracing paper.
I then transferred my drawing to a toned (and dry) 5 x 7 painting panel using tracing paper and the end of an open paper clip. I use the paper clip because it gives me fine lines but doesn't destroy the original drawing by adding pencil marks when I trace.
Then I painted using the traced drawing.
I wanted to add a narrative to why they were looking at each other this way so I added a pair of red high heals. I wanted it to look as if they were having their first disagreement over which shoes she would wear to the dance. My intention was to do a larger painting of this, but I wanted to see if it worked by painting a small study first. Wow, tiny faces are HARD to paint small! Not sure if my "story" is easily read. But it was fun to paint anyway!