I love Newfoundlands, they are a definite amongst my favourite breeds. Sadly missed, this is a portrait of Bruce the Newfoundland whose lovely character I hope I’ve captured.
|The finished painting, pastel on velour 16″x16″|
|The photo reference for this painting wasn’t great
The resolution was quite low but I did like the light
that was hitting him from one side so I’m creating
a plain background with a gradient in colour to
give some idea of directional light.
|Several layers later the background is well blended underneath
but I’ve left a bit of texture to the top layers.
|Using a black pastel I’m marking in the fur direction
in the darkest areas. There are lots of shades reflected
on a black dog but I like to start with something tonal
|Saving the brightest highlight for his nose and
generally down the right side of him.
|Although there is no bib in the photo I’m working
from, I had a picture of him in a bib in another photo.
It was his most natural look apparently so it’s only
right he has it in the portrait.
|Love the Dark 14 and Grey 8 Unisons which I’ve
used as shadow shades throughout this.
|Nice under layer of red before building up the tones
in the cravat/bib/bandanna! I think he looks
quite handsome in it…
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