This is a freshly finished dog portrait of a very special character called Pippa. Hope you enjoy the progress…
|The finished portrait 12″x18″ pastel on velour|
|My initial line drawing which I did on plain
cartridge paper transferred onto the sandy velour.
|I’ve blocked in the background from furtherest
away to foreground so that colours build up on
top of each other. The dog’s colours and reflections
will use a similar palette to the background as her
shine reflects the colours around her.
|Working my way downwards. I use a black Faber
Castell stick for really dark black areas. I then work
forward in tone and the highlights go on last.
|Coming down the body and following the grain
and flow of the fur. The tail and back legs must
come time about with the areas of grass so that they
all overlap in the correct way.
|Coming forward in the grass building it up in layers.
I don’t get too concerned about painting every blade
exactly how it is. I try to be a little looser in the
surroundings so that the detail in the portrait subject
really stands out.
|The last bits of foreground and when the grass
overlaps the front paws she will look a part
of the scene.
Hope you enjoyed Pippa, I’m busy working on illustrations for a children’s book which I’ll do a blog on very soon! Please subscribe at the side for more…