The assignment was to do an illustration based on a piece from any dead illustrator. I quickly (and naively) chose JC Leyendecker and found this piece:
I took the idea into a more modern era and with my wife and myself as reference I went to work.
I took these horribly yellow progress shots with my iPad along the way, I've never done an oil piece of this size and it kicked my butt for a good awhile. I think by the end I had some kind of idea what I was doing and I learned a bunch in the process.
That's it for now, I shall return in about 3 weeks with work from this semester to show off!