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.