I’ve been working on a pet portrait this week of a gorgeous Husky. The client provided me with an excellent photo with lovely dappled light and a gorgeous soft chair backdrop.
|The finished painting, pastel on velour 14″x18″|
|I’ve got my rough outline on the velour. I’m trying out this deep
yellow colour as the picture has a real warmth to it even though
the colours in the Husky can be quite cool. I’m hoping this will
keep it warm.
|I want to keep the lightest highlights in the painting for the
really sunlit areas which are only speckled here and there.
|That’s all the light areas and the rest of the brown tones
smoothed in with my fingers. I’m using mostly big soft
Unison pastels. For the blackest areas I love using a
Faber Castell black stick as it’s really dark.
|This is how I’ve begun to build up the fur. Husky
fur is so thick it’s going to take a few layers to get that
effect. I lay down the darkest first following the
flow of the fur.
|At this stage I’ve got a good Husky face but it’s not quite
Hollie yet. The tweaking stage for the expression comes next.
I’ll go back over this with blenders and a few choice colours
of pastel pencil to neaten and define the hairs.
|Although I’m using the pastel to pretty much cover the paper
entirely I’m going to let some of this orange shine through the
coat in small speckles.
|Bringing the fur forward with lighter shades|
Hope you enjoyed the progress, check back soon for more 🙂