So I’ll leave you on Friday with the first stage on a new pet portrait. This is Moose, who has just the sweetest, most gentle face. She is going to be a challenge, because I really want to catch the sweetness. Hopefully, that will come as I work on her. Hope you enjoy this early stage, and have a great weekend.
Here’s the final version of Dexter. As you can see, the warm dark background worked really well with him. The edges I could not find in the reference photo are lost in the background, so it has a very dramatic look. His people are happy, so that’s all good. Enjoy.
Here’s the update on Spring. I posted the very first stage on her last week. She has the cutest smile, and is, I’m told, the sweetest pup. Again, you can see now how she actually looks. The background in the reference photo was bright green grass, which did nothing for the painting, So I went with the warm dark again to help push her out. A very different look from Dexter, but effective given her bright light coloring. Enjoy.
Here’s the second stage on Dexter. I showed you the first stage last week. Here he is, blocked in so you can see his color and form better. It was a challenge with the background on him since the background in the reference photo was very dark, and I was unable to accurately locate his edges. Normally, I would have put a lighter background in to push his image out a bit, but without knowing where his edges were, that was impossible. So I elected to go with a very warm dark background to contrast with the cool tones on his face. It actually looked like it was going to work, so I went with it. I’ll show you the final version on Thursday. Enjoy.
Good Monday morning. I hope everyone had a great weekend, and if you have President’s Day off, you are having a great time. As with last week, I’ve been working on more pet portraits, so I’ll start out with a new one that is one the easel, and give you up dates on the two new ones I showed last week. I’m really getting into a rhythm with these, which is good since I have quite a few to work on. Here’s the first stage on Jade, and she is delightfully cute. She’s going to be adorable with finished. Hope you enjoy and have a great Monday.
So I’ll close out the week with another cute pup that I’m just starting on. This is Dexter, and he’s a gorgeous Rottweiler. I’ve got his eyes and nose and such blocked in pretty well. Of course, there will be several more glaze layers before I consider any of those features finished. More on him as the weeks progress. In the meantime, enjoy and have a great weekend.
Here’s the finished pet portrait of Eddie. I spent quite a bit of time getting the details on his ears and muzzle. He had a lot of interesting and unique markings, so I wanted to really get those in the painting. I think he turned out really well, and his people were very happy with the painting. Another pet portrait in the books. Enjoy.
Here’s the block in or rough stage on Eddie’s pet portrait. I’ve got all the color patterns in, as well as a bit of a background. Since Eddie is so warm in tone, I’m using a cool background to make him standout on the surface. You can clearly see how he is going to look now, so the next step will be bringing out the final details. Look for that tomorrow as the conclusion to this pet portrait.
Here’s the very beginning of another boxer, Eddie. Eddie has the neatest ears ever, and so I’m going to be paying a lot of attention to them as the painting fills out. In the beginning, of course, it’s the eyes and ears and mouth I’m concerned with. This one is off to a good start, so more on this pet portrait as the week goes by. Enjoy.
I’ve gotten a lot of response from the very nice story Terry Bulger ran on his series “Bulger’s Beat” on WSMV. So I’m working on a lot of dogs this week. Today’s will be the early stage of a cute as can be pup named “Spring.” I think the smile will make your Monday morning much happier. More boxers this week and more early stages. Hope you enjoy and have a good Monday.