I often get sent great qualtiy photos of my client’s pets for their portraits and Bailey’s is no exception. I’m not always a fan of this view point as the foreshortening can look odd in a painting. But in some cases it’s a really cute way to fit a big dog into a small picture! Bailey is a German Pointer cross and those eyes are so soulful.
I hope you enjoy his progress and little of our travels from this week. We are also in Germany and have been spending the week on the Rhine with some friends we met on our way through Germany last year.
Once I get Bailey drawn out on the light grey velour I start to block in the background. I have cropped Bailey’s photo to a square and simplified the background to just the grass. I will also keep this quite loose and distant as I want the detail in Bailey to really pop out at the end.
I start at the top left corner of Bailey and work out some of these oranges and brown tones on his ear. There are so many shades of orange both coral tones and yellow oranges. It seems they would clash normally but together the dots and different colours give the impression of his colour.
This week we have been so lucky to enjoy a few days of good weather and great company. Our friend who has a small boat here took us out for a few days on the Rhine. It’s a mixture of calm bobbing about, and high speed waves when big ships go past. Brocci seems to enjoy all modes of transport as long as she’s along for the ride!
Brocci also got to spend time with Brutus, possibly one of the best dogs I’ve ever met. Gentle and intelligent, him and Brocci got along quite harmoniously. This is unusual for Brocci, she’s more of a people person!
In the photo Bailey’s nose is very prominent as it’s the closest thing to the viewer. I want to get lots of detail in the nose so it really seems it is in the foreground. I start by blocking in some of the warm brown tones as a base.
I save all the white and Unison grey27 for the left side as we look as that is where the sunlight seems to hit him. A lot of the muzzle on the right side is a very pale lilac white. This adds more of a shadow on that side. Subtle use of cool and warm tones are great for capturing directional light.
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