I recently finished this portrait of my stepson, Dagan. And, all things considered, it went well. Actually, I think it was a pretty sweet deal for him. I set my Kindle Fire up in front of him so he could watch shows on netflix. I paid him $3/hr. My final bill, I believe, was $39. So, that makes 13 hours in total. And, he never sat for longer than two hours at a time. I think that should leave me on the good side of the child labor nazis. He actually began to request that we work on some evenings I had not planned to work on the painting. I guess that's the result of essentially paying someone to watch t.v.
The experience wasn't totally without it's share of frustration. No amount of money and entertainment can keep a 10 yr old from constantly fidgiting. But, sometimes that's the case even with professional models. So, really, I have no complaints. Great job, Dagan!