My first commission! / by debbie rich

An old, dear friend contacted me about painting a Valentine card for his parter. So incredibly sweet. He wrote the words — which, for privacy, I've removed from the images below — and I made the art to showcase them.

It was a rush job since he contacted me on a Weds, Valentines Day was the following Friday, and we needed at least three days for the paint to dry and package to ship. I decided to render a tree since it's my core competency (and obsession). Made a digital comp using stock photo thumbnails and Photoshop, got client signoff, and went into painting mode. 

Here are the frame, final, sketch and comp.