This is a dog portrait progress. I went to meet Ringo and take his photo which is really the best way to do a portrait. To meet the subject enables me to try and inject some of his character into the painting. It’s always the subtle things in a portrait that make it look like them. With dogs I find it’s as much about the eyebrows as the eyes themselves as this is where a lot of their expression comes from.
|The finished portrait 12″x18″ pastel on velour|
|I took the photos of Ringo in their yard which
gave me nice greenery to use in the background.
I’m going to do a very blurred background so that
Ringo really stands out. I’ve got my line drawing on
the velour and ready to go.
|I want the backdrop to be really deep with the green
leaves sitting out towards us. I’ve just blocked in
the black and softened it with some plum purples.
I’ve then started using the flat edge of a dark green
pastel to mark in some leaf shapes.
|The background leaves were really simple and
I haven’t overdone them or tweaked them as I want
them to look soft and out of focus. I used the flat end
of some lovely Unison green pastels to create each leaf
in one mark.
|With that highlight on the nose it really brings him
into 3D. I’ve used a really light yellow for some of
the strongest highlights including the nose.
|Throughout his coat I’ve used a plum purple in
the darkest areas of black as it adds a warmth and
richness to the dark. The highlights are different
shades of blues, lilac and yellow. No white was used.
|The collar is last to go on. Using pastel pencils to create the
clean lines and will use softer pastel to create the leather and
the shine on the buckle.