When I get a dog commission to do I love being able to go and meet the character and take plenty of photographs in good light. This is the best way to really capture a pet’s emotional character and personality. With a lot of dogs their cute face is their alert face so I spend a lot of time on my hands and knees squeaking and meowing at dogs waiting for the moment they make that face! With Ruffles his alert face spelt unease. He looked unhappy when he thought there was something strange happening. Instead it was this calm and chilled expression that the family knew and recognised as Ruffles. And that just involved him chilling out and enjoying his photo shoot! That, to me, is the only way to really capture the wee soul you love.
So here is Ruffles portrait progression…
|‘Ruffles’ 12″ x19″ Pastel on velour|
|With my line drawing on a piece of light
sandy colour of velour I’m ready to start
|Done in mostly Unison pastel sticks and
edges neatened with Pitt pastel pencils.
I always work from the back to the foreground.
|Pastel pencils come in really handy for dragging both light and
dark hairs out to really feather the edges.
|Now that I’ve got the palette of colours
figured out the rest of the body is just
about patience and getting into a good
flow with fluent marks.
|The star himself posing for a shot with his framed picture.|