Here is another pup painting! This time Quinn! I painted her while watching Empire Strikes Back, hence her “dark side.” I need more canvases! These are getting popular!
I guess I’m finding my stride. I’m starting to develop a looser painting style, limiting my brush choices and loving these little dog paintings. So I painted my Bro-in-law’s pug Leo. May he rest in peace.
I found it was really difficult painting a dog you actually played with and remember petting when he was with us. I teared up a little at the memories. Leo was a good dog. Til the very end.
We miss you little man.
I really have no idea where this need to paint dogs came from so I just practiced on my friend Lindsay’s dog Charlie! Maybe I should have been doing this the whole time!
And it’s done! Nine months! Just like having an enormously intricately detailed baby! I can’t write anymore because seriously I’m exhausted.
Shelby and Duke Final!
Both paintings are complete! I have finished both Shelby and Duke and now I need them to dry and varnish. So happy with how they turned out. Enjoy!
Again I start with my dark areas
block in the eyes and ears
then i start contouring the nose
work my way around the face with grays and greens
then i move down the face and into the chest area with like colors
now the face it taking shape, concentrating on those shadows under the mouth
then blocking in the collar and adding details to face and eyes
finishing the collar and tags
masking out the background with browns and grays
highlighting some of the areas
Final Shelby The Great Dane!
It was a lot of fun to do puppy portraits. Again, something that I’ve never tried before! Who knew!
A new painting! My reference photo was pretty tiny but I made it work!!
Hi everyone! I have a new painting to show you. I was commissioned to paint two Great Danes, Duke and Shelby. Sadly one of them passed away, and my client thought these paintings would be a wonderful gift to the owners to remember their wonderful Dane. So here is the progress on the first painting:
I sketch out and shade in some of the areas that I want in shadow.
I wash the canvas with burnt sienna, then start blocking out my shadows and detail the eyes and nose.
I work my way down the outline of the ears and back.
adding more detail to the face and back.
I fill out the chest, leaving the color and tongue for last.
now I fill in the tongue and change brushes to do the collar and tags
then I start masking out the background with a more neutral red/gray/brown combo
And he’s finished! 4 hours!
Now let it be known that this was my FIRST dog portrait, I’ve painted muskies and bass and even a pheasant, but I’ve never painted a dog! So overall, I think it went pretty well. Fur is very fun to paint and the eyes are so expressive on a dog. It gives it life and soul. Onto the NEXT!
The Great Dane!
And one more! Enjoy!
Duke turned out really good. I’m very happy with the loose brush style. Lots of grays and greens and browns in there making it so he’s not just a black blob of fur.