The finished portrait of two collies…

Starting with my line drawing on the white coloured velour and the background is the first thing I’ll block in.

Nice close up of how tiny some of my pastel pieces are.  These ‘crumbs’ are vital for getting small details.  I use some pastel pencils and smaller types of pastel but there’s nothing like the really soft Unison for strength of colour.

It’s always a relief to get the eyes done and know that they look like the character you’re painting.  9 times out of 10 the emotion comes through the eyes.


Starting work on the his pal on the right tomorrow so check back in 🙂

Onto his pal…
I always start on the top left ear and work my way down and across.  Because I’ve got my background in first I can drag these small hairs out and really make them stand out against the orange background.

I like to get both eyes done around the same time just to make sure they line up!  Also means when I do the hair on the nose this will sit in front of the hair on the cheeks.  Although I work left to right, background to foreground comes before that.

Almost there and here is how I feather those edges by dragging the colour out using a sharpened pastel pencil.  Most of the colours on these white fronted dogs were anything but white.  Shades of light blue, green, creams and even light pinks and oranges to reflect some of the background colours.