This was a tricky one. Commissioned as a surprise birthday present for Alan.
I was given a couple of pictures of Alan and was asked to paint his portrait with a violin.
I superimposed his head onto an image of a violinist I found on the net (thanks to Google images!) and clothed him in his own suit which I knew to be blue(ish). It was important to find a body with the right shoulder angle and correct body position for the head to look as if it belonged. It took a few attempts to get close to the rightness of it.
This is a very poor photo of the portrait. I forgot to get a good shot before handing the painting over.