The first official portrait of the Duchess of Cambridge unveiled today, by Paul Emsley.
In my humble opinion, it is an excellent copy of a photograph, which takes skill to achieve, and if photo-realism is to your liking then it is good, but it lacks life, vitality, soul. This has illustrated to me, beyond doubt, that portraits need to be painted from life. It's as though the artist has engaged with the photo but not the person. But what are we to do? Folk don't have the time or inclination to sit.
Having said that, my own sketch was again painted from the TV.