Here are a few portraits of my handsome son that I painted on 7x9 inch canvases from the Dollar Tree. Each is done with just three colors using acrylics I had on hand (FolkArt, Ceramcoat, etc.)
I love the way they turned out. All credit goes to the web site http://obamiconme.pastemagazine.com/
where you can upload a picture and create an OBAMA HOPE poster type image.
Rather than posting it to the site's gallery, which is an option, I did a screen capture using Paint Shop Pro, and saved the image as a gif file.
In Paint Shop Pro, I modified the image to just include just the outlines of the color boundaries so that I could print it. Here it sort of looks like a paint-by-number picture.
I printed the image to the size of my canvas, in this case 7x9. To transfer the image to the canvas, I'm strictly old school. On the back of the printout, I used a pencil to lay on some graphite, taped the printout to the canvas right side up and traced the lines between the color boundaries. This makes sense, doesn't it?
After the image was traced/transferred, the printout was used as a reference to determine what color goes where.
WIP - Two of the three colors painted
Finished purple portrait