I painted Dave a while back and can only share now as he has been gifted. The photo reference was lovely and clear so I knew it wouldn’t be a problem to get a good likeness. Dave is a much missed pet and hopefully my portrait will be a nice memorial to him. Hope you enjoy seeing his progression.
My first step as always is to give myself a good line drawing which I’ve transferred from my sketching paper onto the velour. I’m using the tan surface as it provides a good midtone colour for Dave’s colouring.
I begin by blocking in the dark areas. I tend to use a slightly harder pastel for this part so I don’t fill up the paper too early. I love Faber Castell’s black pastel sticks for this job. They give a really jet black and still leave plenty of tooth on the paper for the next layers.
After I finish I use a pastel pencil to add his name to the top corner. I hope you’ve enjoyed this little piece in progress. I hope Dave’s human takes comfort from the portrait of his much loved boy.