My blog today is about my new pet portrait of these two adorable pomeranians. I went to their home to photograph them and as I usually do with double portraits I’ve pieced together the composition from different photos. The chances of getting two dogs to sit exactly how you want them together in the painting is quite unlikely. What I like to do is get a range of possible poses from both dogs and then see which work most naturally together while also allowing the owners to choose the picture that best captures their personality.
This pair were full of personality! It was an easy photoshoot as they were engaging and perky!
|The finished portrait 14″x18″ Pastel on velour|
|My initial line drawing on the velour along with the two
photos we chose as the poses.
|You can see in this shot how the highlights added to the back
of the sofa bring it to life.
|Working from the top of Rocco’s head I’ve laid
down the darkest areas first. In this case I’ve used
a Faber Castell pastel stick as their black is jet black.
|You can see how I lay in the dark areas first
creating the channels in which the highlights
will lie. His chest hair is really crimpy so I’ll use
shaky movements to create the small waves in
|Working downwards on Bella, I’ve made sure that the cream
cushion she is on has enough shadow on it to allow her
bright highlights to stand out.
|Almost there! Just those wee legs left on Bella. I’ve decided to
add a foreground purple cushion just to balance it out and add
some interesting texture to the foreground. It’s been a really fun
portrait to work on so I hope their owners like it!
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