Ben was a gorgeous commission completed for Christmas and my client provided me with their own photos of him which were so good I felt I could work solely from those.
The main elements to a good photo to work from are daylight conditions, and the photo to be taken from the eye level of the dog. There is also a knack to catching them in a moment that they really look like themselves. I know that sounds weird, but everyone, humans included can be caught from a weird angle that can make them look so different in 2D. What I’m looking for is a picture that has a typical expression instantly recogniseable by those who know them.
|The finished painting of Ben 14″x18″ Pastel on velour.|
|My rough outline on the velour. I’m not really bothering to
draw out the background. I’ll not be putting a lot of detail into
it, just suggesting the shapes and colours of the garden behind him.
|With all the grass in behind him I spray the background so that
when I start putting the lighter fine hairs of the dogs ears out over
that, it won’t mix with the green colour as much, but will sit in front.
|Before finishing his chin and ear I need to get the fur in behind
those areas on his chest so the chin will sit in front of this. It’s
really just a logical way to work like this, bringing it forward in layers.
|Ben all framed up and ready to go to his new home.
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